Wednesday, July 1, 2009


Out of this experience, he conceived the scheme which was to be entitled Master Humphrey’s Clock and was to consist of series of stories told by a group of friends. This scheme, however, was not successful, in spite of the reintroduction of characters familiar to readers of his foregoing books. He immediately proceeded to write Barnaby Rudge (1840), which is remarkable for its adaptation of the romantic methods of Sir Walter Scott and the descriptive scenes of the Gordon Riots.

Another book that grew out of the scheme of Master Humphrey’s Clock was The Old Curiosity Shop (1841).

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