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Mudfog and Other Sketches

Charles Dickens

Book Overview: 

The Mudfog Papers was written by Victorian era novelist Charles Dickens, they were first published as a book as 'The Mudfog Papers and Other Sketches. The Mudfog Papers relates the proceedings of the fictional 'The Mudfog Society for the Advancement of Everything', a Pickwickian parody of the British Association for the Advancement of Science founded in York in 1831, one of the numerous Victorian learned societies dedicated to the advancement of Science. Like The Pickwick Papers, The Mudfog Papers claim affinity with Parliamentary reports, memoirs, and posthumous papers. The serial was illustrated by George Cruikshank. The fictional town of Mudfog was based on Chatham in Kent, where Dickens spent part of his youth. Mudfog was described by Dickens as being the town where Oliver Twist was born and spent his early years when the story first appeared in 'Bentley's Miscellany' in February 1837, making it a continuation of The Mudfog Papers, but this allusion was removed when the story was printed in book form. At the conclusion of his first contribution, about the mayor of the provincial town of Mudfog, Dickens explains that "this is the first time we have published any of our gleanings from this particular source," referring to 'The Mudfog Papers'. He also suggests that "at some future period, we may venture to open the chronicles of Mudfog." (Summary by Wikipedia)

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Mudfog High-street, and abutting on the river-side, stands the Jolly Boatmen, an old-fashioned low-roofed, bay-windowed house, with a bar, kitchen, and tap-room all in one, and a large fireplace with a kettle to correspond, round which the working men have congregated time out of mind on a winter’s night, refreshed by draughts of good strong beer, and cheered by the sounds of a fiddle and tambourine: the Jolly Boatmen having been duly licensed by the Mayor and corporation, to scrape the fiddle and thumb the tambourine from time, whereof the memory of the oldest inhabitants goeth not to the contrary.  Now Nicholas Tulrumble had been reading pamphlets on crime, and parliamentary reports,—or had made the secretary read them to him, which is the same thing in effect,—and he at once perceived that this fiddle and tambourine must have done more to demoralize Mudfog, than any other operating causes that ingenuity could imagine.  So he read up for the . . . Read More

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The Mudfog Papers were collected and published posthumously, drawn from Bentley's Miscellany which Dickens edited/wrote at the beginning of his career (and to which he contributed Oliver Twist). The first story "Public Life of Mr. Tulrumble--Once Mayor of Mudfog" is excellent, vintage Dickens loving

I genuinely enjoyed these early satirical sketches. I’ve been a Dickens fan for years, and this little gem had escaped my notice until now. It’s 2 parts smart-funny : 1 part silly-funny. That’s a sweet spot in Dickens’s humor that just puts me in a good mood.

In two of the longer pieces, Dickens paro

racconti di un'ironia ancora molto attuale :)

Another short work by Charles Dickens ‘Mudfog and Other Sketches’ – opens with an entertaining and amusing initial story concerning ‘Mr Tulrumble – once Mayor of Mudfog’ and closes with two quite interesting stories, those of ‘Mr Robert Bolton: The Gentleman Connected with the Press’ and ‘Familiar E

Very clever satire, much of which is just as relevant today as it was back then.

Dal 1837 al 1838 Dickens pubblica sulla «Bentley’s Miscellany» una serie di pezzi ironici dedicati a una cittadina d'invenzione, Mudfog (Nebbiafango?, Nebbiango?), a quanto pare basata sul ricordo di Chatham, nel Kent, dove visse qualche anno da bambino.

Queste "cronache di Nebbiango" saranno raccolt

This is Dickens with a difference.

For several years I have wondered why there were characters in steampunk costumes at the annual Dickens festival in Rochester, so last year I asked my friend Google and I was reliably informed that it all stemmed from The Mudfog Papers, naturally this meant I had to

If you harken back to my Dickensian love fest a la A Tale of Two Cities then you'll recall that Charles Dickens is one of my all-time favorite authors. Therefore, it should come as no surprise to you that whenever I come across any of his works that I don't own (we don't speak of the two copies of D

Opted to indulge in this—intent on rectifying the terrible truth that A Christmas Carol remained the only Dickens I'd read—via audiobook, given its brisk length allowed me to guzzle it up in the course of a single work day. Attracted attention for just how much I cackled my way through the opening e

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