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The Punch Brotherhood: Table Talk and Print Culture in Mid-Victorian London [Illustrated] [Hardcover]

Patrick Leary
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23 July 2010
Deep in the recesses of the British Library sits a long oval dining table of plain deal, its battered surface scored with initials carved around the edge. This unprepossessing piece of furniture was once the most famous table in London: the Punch table where the staff of the most successful and influential comic magazine the English-speaking world has ever seen gathered every week. Based on extensive research among unpublished letters, diaries, minute books, and business records, 'The Punch Brotherhood' takes the reader inside this Victorian institution, and brings to life the tightly-knit community of writers, artists, and proprietors who gathered around the famous Punch table, and their uninhibited conversations, spiced with jokes and gossip. Highlighting the role of talk in the understanding of 19th-century print culture, and shedding new light on the careers of literary giants Charles Dickens and William Makepeace Thackeray and of the many lesser authors who laboured in their shadow, this groundbreaking study vividly demonstrates how oral culture permeated and shaped the realm of print, from the dining tables of exclusive men's clubs to the alleyways of Fleet Street.

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  • Hardcover: 184 pages
  • Publisher: The British Library Publishing Division (23 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0712309233
  • ISBN-13: 978-0712309233
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 18.2 x 25.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 450,714 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Patrick Leary is President of the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals and Visiting Scholar with the History Department of Northwestern University, USA. He is also creator and webmaster of Victoria Research Web (http://VictorianResearch.org); founder and manager of VICTORIA: The Electronic Conference for Victorian Studies and founder and manager of SHARP-L: The Electronic Conference for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A llterature historian's delight 30 May 2014
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Very technically researched and written. I can appreciate this book very well as it is similar to my own attack on a subject as you can read in my author bio on Amazon. I am not sure if this work was the dissertation for a doctorate or whether it is an amazing work that underscores a tremendous motivation to present "Punch" in a unique way which any Victorian historian can appreciate. Bravo.
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