The Acquisitions Table: The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit

Martin ChuzzlewitDickens, Charles. The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit. New York: Harper & Brothers, [1844].

The first authorized American edition of Martin Chuzzlewit was issued by Harper & Brothers in seven serial parts, all of which are present here in their wrappers. As such they are exceptionally rare; as the story goes they were hawked on the New York streets by newsboys who crowded into the store just before a part was issued to attend a speech of exhortation by Mr. James Harper. Martin Chuzzlewit is a novel of particular American interest, as in it Dickens satirically presented American characters he had envisioned after his 1842 tour of the United States.

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Elizabeth Watts Pope

Curator of Books, American Antiquarian Society

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