American notes is dry reading in many places it is valuable for how a famous author saw america when he and the united states were both young read more 10 people found this helpful helpful comment report abuse thomas d mackie 50 out of 5 stars great primary source may 13 2018. In american notes for general circulation charles dickens travels the northeastern seaboard the midwest and canada dickens was interested in american institutions and apparently the most interesting item a city might possess is a prison and an insane asylum i am not sure why this would be the case. American notes was written soon after dickens had returned from his first visit to america that visit had of course been a great epoch in his life but how much of an epoch men did not truly realise until some time after in the middle of a quiet story about salisbury and a ridiculous architect his feelings flamed out and flared up to the stars in martin chuzzlewit. The dullness of the american notes dull in the sense of being notes by dickens was due to his determination not to refer to the individuals he met and not to record any of those
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