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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; New Ed edition (29 Jan. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140434313
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140434316
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 71,741 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

CHARLES DICKENS was born in 1812, the second of eight children. He received little formal education, but after a slow start, became a publishing phenomenon, and an instant success. Public grief at his death in 1870 was considerable: he was buried in the Poets' Corner of Westminster Abbey.


Kate Flint is Professor of English at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. She is author of The Woman Reader, 1837-1914 (1993) and The Victorians and the Visual Imagination (2000), and has published widely on nineteenth and twentieth century literary and cultural history. She is
currently completing The Transatlantic Indian 1776-1930.


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This is a review of the Kindle edition of Pictures from Italy and not of Mr Dickens magnificent travelogue. I bought the book on the strength of the notes, which turned out not to be there! The edition simply stops at page 187 of 235!
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I read about this book in Claire Tomalin's biography of Dickens and was fascinated by the fact that it has been in print ever since it was published in 1846. I bought 3 copies. There is one illustration shown which is by Samuel Palmer. I do not know whether he illustrated the original edition. It would be fascinating to see them if he did. I have not yet finished reading the book but am thoroughly enjoying it. The explanatory notes to each chapter are very helpful.
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To my shame, I didn't know of this book's existence until an Italian acquaintance asked about it. It describes perfectly the Italy of the Victorian, post-Garibaldi era. If you don't read Dickens for pleasure you may find his prose-style a little trying but keep going- it's worth the effort.
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Pictures from Italy is a travelogue by one of the most eminent Victorian writers. It is interesting as it skips the works of art and the architecture of Italian cities ("which can be found in any Baedecker"), and focuses on their inhabitants and their costumes in xix century. The most beautiful pages are those dedicated to Rome, a city very similar to London, as the author points out. Another wonderful four pages are those that describe a dream called Venice as a surrealistic city. By reading his travelogue one learns something about the author of Oliver Twist.
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