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Lying Awake

30/10/1852

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Author Charles Dickens
Genres Prose: Essay i
Prose: Leading Article i
Subjects Dreams; Visions; Sleep
Psychology; Psychiatry; Mental Health; Mind-Body Relations (Metaphysics)
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In this insomniac reverie Dickens mingles memories of his travels in America (1842) and Switzerland (1846), and of many visits to Paris, with a vivid childhood reminiscence and with more recent news items. He had ascended the Great St Bernard with a party of friends, including two very dear ones, the Hon. Richard Watson and his wife Lavinia (Watson's death, in July 1852, grieved him deeply), at the beginning of September 1846. He wrote a lively description of the convent and its monks to Forster (Forster, Book 5, Ch. 4) in which he called the monks 'a piece of sheer humbug...a lazy set of fellows...driving a good trade in Innkeeping'. The convent's 'menagerie smell' he refers to again in Little Dorrit (Book 2, Ch. 1): 'a smell...coming up from the floor, of tethered beasts, like the smell of a menagerie of wild animals'. 

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Author Mary Howitt
Genre Prose: Short Fiction i
Subjects Dreams; Visions; Sleep
Health; Diseases; Personal Injuries; Hygiene; Cleanliness—Fiction
Supernatural; Superstition; Spiritualism; Clairvoyance; Mesmerism; Ghosts; Fairies; Witches; Magic; Occultism
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Based on Meïr A. Goldschmidt, "Onkel og hans Hus", Fortællinger (1846).

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The Reason Why

30/10/1852

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Author John Forster
Genre Poetry: Narrative i
Subjects Great Britain—History
Music; Musical Instruments; Songs; Singing; Opera
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Author Harriet Martineau
Genres Prose: Report i
Prose: Travel-writing i
Subjects Industries; Industrial Revolution—Great Britain; Industrialization; Industrial Safety; Industrial Laws and Legislation; Industrial Welfare; Industrial Relations;
Ireland—Description and Travel
Ireland—History
Ireland—Social Conditions
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Author Edmund Saul Dixon
Genre Prose: Travel-writing i
Subjects Food; Cooking; Gastronomy; Alcohol; Bars (Drinking Establishments); Restaurants; Dinners and Dining
France—Social Life and Customs
Great Britain—Social Life and Customs
National Characteristics; Nationalism
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Author Charles Dickens
Genre Prose: History i
Subject Great Britain—History
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Compiled in large part from Thomas Keightley, The History of England, and from George L. Craik and Charles MacFarlane, The Pictorial History of England.

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30/10/1852

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Genre Advertisement(s) i
Subjects Literature; Writing; Authorship; Reading; Books; Poetry; Storytelling; Letter Writing
Newspapers; Periodicals; Journalism
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