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Dickens on America,
This review is from: American Notes for General Circulation (Penguin Classics) (English Library) (Mass Market Paperback)
An interesting portrayal of the East Coast of America in the 19th Century from the perspective of probably the most famous author of the time. Dickens wrote fascinatingly (and was complimentary) of institutions he visited such as prisons and mental hospitals, but did seem ridiculously patronising of the American "lower class" with merciless parodying of their "common" habits. He describes feeling disappointed by the legendary prairie which is a shame as he thus neglects what could have made a wonderful descriptive addition to the book. He also becomes increasingly irritated and intolerant of American fans of his who seem to be hounding him throughout his visit. Interesting travel writing but by no means comprehensive.