Charles Dickens: Household Words (1496 words)


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When Dickens began publishing Household Words in March 1850 he was already a very experienced editor. His first editorship had been for Bentley's Miscellany, a new venture for Richard Bentley who in August 1836 had bought the copyright of Dickens' next two novels (which would become Oliver Twist,1837-39, and Barnaby Rudge, 1841). Dickens agreed terms with Bentley on 4 November 1836, resigned from his reporter position with the Morning Chronicle, and began work for Bentley at £20 per week with an additional 20 guineas for writing 16 pages every month. He had total editorial control, but Bentley could veto articles. Dickens was to edit the Miscellany from its first issue in January 1837 until …

Citation: Clark, Robert. "Household Words". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 04 March 2008 [, accessed 07 May 2021.]

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