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Master Humphrey's Clock

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Charles Dickens's classic periodical contained a frame story, several short stories, and two novels. This publication contains just the frame story and the short stories. Master Humprey, a lonely London man, decides to start up a club where the members would read aloud the manuscripts that Master Humphrey kept in an old longcase clock. The members include Mr Pickwick, who ...more
ebook, 132 pages
Published June 18th 2012 by Auk Academic (first published November 1st 1997)
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Opening: The reader must not expect to know where I live. At present, it is true, my abode may be a question of little or no import to anybody; but if I should carry my readers with me, as I hope to do, and there should spring up between them and me feelings of homely affection and regard attaching something of interest to matters ever so slightly connected with my fortunes or my speculations, even my place of residence might one day have a kind of charm for t
Oct 30, 2011 Jason rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
G.K. Chesterton's review says it all about Master Humphrey's Clock: "As a triumph of Dickens, at least, it is not of great importance. But as a sample of Dickens it happens to be of quite remarkable importance. The very fact that it is somewhat more level and even monotonous than most of his creations makes us realise, as it were, against what level and monotony those creations commonly stand out."

Originally a regular magazine written entirely by Charles Dickens, Master Humphrey's Clock uses an
Paul Brogan
Aug 31, 2012 Paul Brogan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic
Since The Mystery of Edwin Droodwas only half a story, the volume that Ernie gave me at our last Gentlemen's Book Club included Master Humphrey's Clock at the back, I suppose as a kind of compensation.

Originally, Dickens wrote it as a weekly periodical between April 1840 and December 1841. The illustrations, which I loved, were byGeorge CattermoleandHablot Browne, better known as Phiz.

Master Humphrey is a lonely, crippled old man who lives in London. He keeps manuscripts in an antique clockby th
June Louise
If you are able to get your hands on a copy of this lesser-known tale by Charles Dickens, I would urge you to. It's a short story made up of short stories, quite Don Quixote-ish in that respect, which (when it was published originally) included part of Dickens' better-known novels "The Old Curiosity Shop" (which then became a novel in its own right) and "Barnaby Rudge".

Master Humphrey is a lonely, crippled elderly man who lives alone. After having bought a so-called "haunted house" and having ha
Lee Razer
In April of 1840 Dickens began his own weekly periodical, Master Humphrey's Clock, using the set-up of a small circle of elderly gentlemen gathering around the grandfather clock at Humphrey's house once a week to share tales. The first such tale concerns the statues at London's Guildhall of the giants Gog and Magog, fabled protectors of London, coming alive at night to swap tales themselves to pass the time. Fairly amusing, I thought. Though this section is titled "First Night of the Giant Chron ...more
Perry Whitford
In 1840, Charles Dickens began to publish his own weekly paper in which he showcased his ongoing work to the public under the tightest of deadlines. He managed to pull this off for 80 consecutive weeks before he called it of, admitting that it was compromising the quality of his writing.

Master Humphrey's Clock was a venerable timepiece, a gentleman's society, and a publication dedicated to their 'histories and proceedings, our quiet speculations or more busy adventures'.

Master Humphrey himself
Nov 09, 2010 Catherine rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was just a group of strange little stories that I imagine weren't that popular when they first came out. What it really is is the reason Dickens wrote The Old Curiosity Shop and Barnaby Rudge, neither of which I've read. Master Humphrey's Clock is the name of a literary circle of characters that get together at Master Humphrey's house, wind up his clock, and then read stories they keep in the clock's case. What's stupid is that when one of the group's member dies, they stop the clock and en ...more
Samuel Lubell
Dec 31, 2015 Samuel Lubell rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
This was more of a framing device for a magazine of stories and novels than anything else. In what may be the earliest example of bringing back an old character to salvage a failing series, Dickens brings back Mr. Pickwick from the Pickwick Papers (much like DS9 adding TNG's Worf). It didn't work. Master Humphrey's Clock lasted just a year and a half.
Dec 07, 2011 Sem rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-fiction
The inset stories are bland and on occasion ridiculous but it's Dickens. What can I say? *is unabashed*
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Charles John Huffam Dickens (7 February 1812 – 9 June 1870) was an English writer and social critic. He created some of the world's best-known fictional characters and is regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era. His works enjoyed unprecedented popularity during his lifetime, and by the twentieth century critics and scholars had recognised him as a literary genius. His novels and sho ...more
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