Literary Authors, Parliamentary Reporters: Johnson, Coleridge, Hazlitt, Dickens

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Samuel Johnson, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, William Hazlitt and Charles Dickens all worked as parliamentary reporters, but their experiences in the press gallery have not received much scrutiny. Nikki Hessell’s study is the first work to consider all four of these canonical writers as gallery reporters, providing a detailed picture of this intriguing episode in their careers. Hessell challenges preconceived notions about the role that emergent literary genius played in their success as reporters, arguing instead that they were consummate gallery professionals who adapted themselves to the journalistic standards of their day. That professional background fed in to their creative work in unexpected ways. By drawing on a wealth of evidence in letters, diaries and the press, this study provides fresh insights into the ways in which four great writers learnt the craft of journalism and brought those lessons to bear on their career as literary authors.

A “concise and illuminating book” – The Dickensian (Winter 2012)

An “interesting work, which pores over textual evidence….[and] argues, convincingly, that parliamentary reporting helped found and shape the later literary creativity of these writers.” – SEL (Autumn 2012)

An “extraordinarily interesting study…a fascinating book…essential reading” (Literary Journalism Studies (2013)
Book Description
A study of how Johnson, Coleridge, Hazlitt and Dickens used their experience of parliamentary journalism in their literary careers. –This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
Nikki Hessell is Senior Lecturer in the School of English, Film, Theatre and Media Studies, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. –This text refers to the paperback edition.

Product Key Features
Format Hardcover
Language English
Topic WORLD / European, Poetry, European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Publication Year 2011
Number of Pages 218 Pages

Item Length 9.3in.
Item Height 0.7in.
Item Width 6.3in.
Item Weight 17.3 Oz

Author Nikki Hessell
Table of Content Preface; 1. Introduction: reporting and the individual talent; 2. Samuel Johnson: beyond Lilliput; 3. Samuel Taylor Coleridge and the freedom of the gallery; 4. William Hazlitt and the real eloquence of the British senate; 5. Charles Dickens and the ghost of speeches past; 6. Conclusion: taking parliamentary reporting seriously; Bibliography; Index.
Copyright Date 2011
Target Audience Scholarly & Professional
Lccn 2011-026080
Dewey Decimal 820.9
Dewey Edition 23
Genre Literary Criticism, Political Science



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