Mary L. Shannon
University of Roehampton, UK
(Ashgate: April 2015)
Following a successful launch event at the Menzies Centre, King’s College London (http://blog.ashgate.com/2015/05/29/mary-shannons-book-on-dickens-social-network-launches-at-kings-college-london/), this book is now available to buy. Please do consider ordering it for your libraries!
Dickens, Reynolds and Mayhew on Wellington Street: The Print Culture of a Victorian Street discusses, 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 print culture because it was a hub of relationships, influences and connections between writers, booksellers, editors, publishers, theatre managers and audiences, and readers. 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.
For more details and to download the introduction, go to http://www.ashgate.com/isbn/9781472442048. Use the discount code C15JKW20 at the checkout for 20% off. Valid until 31/08/15.