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date: 25 March 2019

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This chapter discusses Charles Dickens’s work as a professional author and the ways in which he shaped his career and publications in the rapidly changing world of Victorian print and publishing. It discusses the importance of his self-understandings of authorship within an increasingly ‘professionalized’ literary world, as well as such shaping pressures as his use of serial publication, his innovative use of illustration and collaboration, and the increasingly international and cross-class nature of his readership. Dickens wrote many different kinds of literary texts for a wide variety of publication, and through these he transformed the ways in which fiction was marketed and read in the Victorian period. He was also an important innovator in magazine publication, particularly in the journals that he edited, Household Words and All the Year Round.

Keywords: Charles Dickens, publishing, collaboration, serial publication, illustration, professionalism, publishing, authorship, editor.

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