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The Man from Nowhere

Andrew Sanders

in Dickens and the Spirit of the Age

Published in print September 1999 | ISBN: 9780198183549
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191674068 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198183549.003.0002
The Man from Nowhere

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Dickens struck most of his first readers as someone which blazed on to the early-Victorian literary firmament like a meteor. The ambitious but still tentative writer who signed himself with the pseudonym ‘Boz’ published his first prose ‘sketch’ in the Monthly Magazine in December 1833. Boz's reputation as a comic observer of London life and London whims was firmly established during the two following years with a stream of further ‘sketches’ published in various magazines, journals, and newspapers. In March 1836, two volumes of the stories he had collected together as Sketches by ‘Boz’ Illustrative of every-day life and every-day people, were released. The very blaze of the talent of the young Boz/Dickens was evidently compelling to his new readers who witnessed the writer of the Sketches triumphantly emerging as the author of the phenomenally successful Pickwick Papers. The reputation of Pickwick Papers was to prove long-lasting and memories of the Pickwick phenomenon in the late-1830s were to remain embedded in the popular imagination, both in fact and fiction.

Keywords: Charles Dickens; Boz; sketches; Pickwick Papers; writer

Chapter.  8990 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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