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Author Hessell, Nikki.

Title Literary authors, parliamentary reporters : Johnson, Coleridge, Hazlitt, Dickens / Nikki Hessell
Published Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2012
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Description 1 online resource (xxi, 195 pages)
Contents 1. Introduction: reporting and the individual talent -- 2. Samuel Johnson: beyond Lilliput -- 3. Samuel Taylor Coleridge and the freedom of the gallery -- 4. William Hazlitt and the real eloquence of the British senate -- 5. Charles Dickens and the ghost of speeches past -- 6. Conclusion: taking parliamentary reporting seriously
Summary "Samuel Johnson, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, William Hazlitt and Charles Dickens all worked as parliamentary reporters, but their experiences in the press gallery have not received much scrutiny. Nikki Hessell's study is the first work to consider all four of these canonical writers as gallery reporters, providing a detailed picture of this intriguing episode in their careers. Hessell challenges preconceived notions about the role that emergent literary genius played in their success as reporters, arguing instead that they were consummate gallery professionals who adapted themselves to the journalistic standards of their day. That professional background fed in to their creative work in unexpected ways. By drawing on a wealth of evidence in letters, diaries and the press, this study provides fresh insights into the ways in which four great writers learnt the craft of journalism and brought those lessons to bear on their career as literary authors"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Coleridge, Samuel Taylor, 1772-1834 -- Career in journalism
Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870 -- Career in journalism
Hazlitt, William, 1778-1830 -- Career in journalism
Johnson, Samuel, 1709-1784 -- Career in journalism
Great Britain. Parliament -- Reporters and reporting.
Journalism and literature -- Great Britain -- History -- 18th century.
Journalism and literature -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
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