Dickens, Reynolds and Mayhew on Wellington Street: The Print Culture of a Victorian Street

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    This book focuses on a street in mid nineteenth-century London, Wellington Street. I discuss, for the first time, the proximity of the offices of Charles Dickens, G.W.M. Reynolds, and Henry Mayhew, in mid 19th-century London. Wellington Street (home to nearly thirty newspapers and periodicals, as well as a theatre and the musical and theatrical press) was a highly significant location for metropolitan and imperial print culture because it was a hub of relationships, influences and connections between writers, booksellers, editors, publishers, theatre managers and audiences, and readers. I argue that physical proximity within the city reinforced important mid-century print networks. The book uses archival research, literary criticism, and literary geography to explore Wellington Street at different times of the day and to reveal the ways in which its print networks fostered connections between the discourses of journalism, literature, and drama. It reassesses the intersection between print culture, popular culture, the built environment and urban experience, and reveals the links between Wellington Street and the print culture of colonial Melbourne.
    Original languageEnglish
    PublisherRoutledge: Taylor & Francis Group
    Number of pages278
    ISBN (Electronic)9781315577067
    ISBN (Print)9781472442048, 9780367880309
    Publication statusPublished - 28 Apr 2015

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