Sir John Easthope

(1784—1865) politician and journalist

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Shortly after Easthope bought the Morning Chronicle in 1834, Dickens joined the staff, quickly earning attention as the paper's leading reporter (see journalist, Dickens as). He also contributed sixteen signed sketches under the name of ‘Boz’, but left Easthope in November 1836 to edit Bentley's Miscellany. Easthope's charge that Dickens received pay for three sketches he never delivered set the two apart. Social relations were later restored, but were strained again by Dickens's brief editorship of the Daily News in 1846. Easthope sold his interest in the Chronicle in 1847.

From Oxford Reader's Companion to Dickens in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century).

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