The Britannia Entering Boston Harbor

Book Discussion – American Notes for General Circulation

American Notes is Dickens’ account of his journey to America in 1842 based in large part on his letters to John Forster. Mr. and Mrs. Dickens sailed from Liverpool in January and visited quite several cities before departing for England in June. Dickens was particularly concerned about international copyright laws and his speeches endorsing these laws alienated some of his American readers. He grew disillusioned during the journey with sanitary conditions in the cities, slavery, American manners, the American Press. In American Notes he comments critically on these and many other facets of American life. The book so angered his American readers that it was publicly burned in New York.

Cindy Bendshadler will again lead the discussion of American Notes in January.
To register call Susan Purkart – 951-788-7008

Saturdays – January 7, 14, 21, and 28, 2017
1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Orange Terrace Library
20010 Orange Terrace Parkway
$20 (includes copy of book and study guide)