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The Uncommercial Traveller

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

1. 01 - CHAPTER I - HIS GENERAL LINE OF BUSINESS
2. 02 - CHAPTER II -THE SHIPWRECK
3. 03 - CHAPTER III - WAPPING WORKHOUSE
4. 04 - CHAPTER IV - TWO VIEWS OF A CHEAP THEATRE
5. 05 - CHAPTER V - POOR MERCANTILE JACK
6. 06 - CHAPTER VI - REFRESHMENTS FOR TRAVELLERS
7. 07 - CHAPTER VII - TRAVELLING ABROAD
8. 08 - CHAPTER VIII - THE GREAT TASMANIA'S CARGO
9. 09 - CHAPTER IX - CITY OF LONDON CHURCHES
10. 10 - CHAPTER X - SHY NEIGHBOURHOODS
11. 11 - CHAPTER XI - TRAMPS
12. 12 - CHAPTER XII - DULLBOROUGH TOWN
13. 13 - CHAPTER XIII - NIGHT WALKS
14. 14 - CHAPTER XIV - CHAMBERS
15. 15 - CHAPTER XV - NURSE'S STORIES
16. 16 - CHAPTER XVI - ARCADIAN LONDON
17. 17 - CHAPTER XVII - THE ITALIAN PRISONER
18. 18 - CHAPTER XVIII - THE CALAIS NIGHT MAIL
19. 19 - CHAPTER XIX - SOME RECOLLECTIONS OF MORTALITY
20. 20 - CHAPTER XX - BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS
21. 21 - CHAPTER XXI - THE SHORT-TIMERS
22. 22 - CHAPTER XXII - BOUND FOR THE GREAT SALT LAKE
23. 23 - CHAPTER XXIII - THE CITY OF THE ABSENT
24. 24 - CHAPTER XXIV - AN OLD STAGE-COACHING HOUSE
25. 25 - CHAPTER XXV - THE BOILED BEEF OF NEW ENGLAND
26. 26 - CHAPTER XXVI - CHATHAM DOCKYARD
27. 27 - CHAPTER XXVII - IN THE FRENCH-FLEMISH COUNTRY
28. 28 - CHAPTER XXVIII - MEDICINE MEN OF CIVILISATION
29. 29 - CHAPTER XXIX - TITBULL'S ALMS-HOUSES
30. 30 - CHAPTER XXX - THE RUFFIAN
31. 31 - CHAPTER XXXI - ABOARD SHIP
32. 32 - CHAPTER XXXII - A SMALL STAR IN THE EAST
33. 33 - CHAPTER XXXIII - A LITTLE DINNER IN AN HOUR
34. 34 - CHAPTER XXXIV - MR. BARLOW
35. 35 - CHAPTER XXXV - ON AN AMATEUR BEAT
36. 36 - CHAPTER XXXVI - A FLY-LEAF IN A LIFE
37. 37 - CHAPTER XXXVII - A PLEA FOR TOTAL ABSTINENCE

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Summary

The Uncommercial Traveller is a collection of literary sketches and reminiscences written by Charles Dickens. In 1859 Dickens founded a new journal called All the Year Round and the Uncommercial Traveller articles would be among his main contributions. He seems to have chosen the title and persona of the Uncommercial Traveller as a result of a speech he gave on the 22 December 1859 to the Commercial Travellers' School London in his role as honorary chairman and treasurer. The persona sits well with a writer who liked to travel, not only as a tourist, but also to research and report what he found; visiting Europe, America and giving book readings throughout Britain. He does not seem content to rest late in his career when he had attained wealth and comfort and continued travelling locally, walking the streets of London in the mould of the flâneur, a 'gentleman stroller of city streets'. He often suffered from insomnia and his night-time wanderings gave him an insight into some of the hidden aspects of Victorian London, details of which he also incorporated into his novels.