Great, Small and Other Expectations: Charles Dickens and His History with America

Episode 329
Jun 19, 2020, 04:01 PM

On this episode of BackStory, Joanne is joined by Jonathan Wells and Nancy Metz to tell the story of Dickens’ tumultuous -- but ultimately triumphant -- relationship to the United States and his American readers.

Charles Dickens died 150 years ago this month. A famous chronicler and critic of English industrial capitalism, Dickens was also immensely popular in the United States. But in an age of widespread debate about slave versus wage labor, his writings meant different things to different readers. 

Music: 

Bright White by Podington Bear
Outmoded Waltz by Podington Bear
Quatrefoil by Podington Bear
Theme in G by Podington Bear
Refraction by Podington Bear
Stages of Awakening by Podington Bear
Associations by Podington Bear
Arboles by Podington Bear