The Uncommercial Traveller
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The Uncommercial Traveller

By Charles Dickens
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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 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.
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Table of Contents
  • The Uncommercial Traveller
  • LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS
  • I HIS GENERAL LINE OF BUSINESS
  • II THE SHIPWRECK
  • III WAPPING WORKHOUSE
  • IV TWO VIEWS OF A CHEAP THEATRE
  • V POOR MERCANTILE JACK
  • VI REFRESHMENTS FOR TRAVELLERS
  • VII TRAVELLING ABROAD
  • VIII THE GREAT TASMANIA’S CARGO
  • IX CITY OF LONDON CHURCHES
  • X SHY NEIGHBOURHOODS
  • XI TRAMPS
  • XII DULLBOROUGH TOWN
  • XIII NIGHT WALKS
  • XIV CHAMBERS
  • XV NURSE’S STORIES
  • XVI ARCADIAN LONDON
  • XVII THE ITALIAN PRISONER
  • XVIII THE CALAIS NIGHT MAIL
  • XIX SOME RECOLLECTIONS OF MORTALITY
  • XX BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS
  • XXI THE SHORT-TIMERS
  • XXII BOUND FOR THE GREAT SALT LAKE
  • XXIII THE CITY OF THE ABSENT
  • XXIV AN OLD STAGE-COACHING HOUSE
  • XXV THE BOILED BEEF OF NEW ENGLAND
  • XXVI CHATHAM DOCKYARD
  • XXVII IN THE FRENCH-FLEMISH COUNTRY
  • XXVIII MEDICINE MEN OF CIVILISATION
  • XXIX TITBULL’S ALMS-HOUSES
  • XXX THE RUFFIAN
  • XXXI ABOARD SHIP
  • XXXII A SMALL STAR IN THE EAST
  • XXXIII A LITTLE DINNER IN AN HOUR
  • XXXIV MR. BARLOW
  • XXXV ON AN AMATEUR BEAT
  • XXXVI A FLY-LEAF IN A LIFE
  • XXXVII A PLEA FOR TOTAL ABSTINENCE
  • FOOTNOTES.
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