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Charles Knight


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Charles Knight : Half Hours with the Best Authors

'Some one by chance read out to me the other day at the seaside your account of poor old Naseby Village from Cromwell, quoted in Knight?s "Half Hours, etc." It is now twelve years ago, at this very season, I was ransacking for you; you promising to come down, and never coming. I hope very much you are soon going to give us something: else Jerrold and Tupper carry all before them.'

Century: 1850-1899     Reader/Listener/Group: Edward      Print: Book


Charles Knight : Penny Magazine

?There was and is so judicious a blending of light and heavy literature in "Chambers?s Journal" that their periodical has helped to educate, inform and entertain many generations of the British public. Whenever it came in my way, as it did sometimes, I revelled in its pages. The "Penny Magazine" also was a great delight on the rare occasions that I saw it. But I remember best the "Family Herald", "Reynolds?s Miscellany", and Lloyd?s penny dreadfuls.?

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: William Edwin Adams      Print: Serial / periodical


Charles Knight : Penny Magazine

'The "Penny Magazine" was published - I borrowed the first volume, and determined to make an effort to possess myself with the second; accordingly, with January 1833, I determined to discontinue the use of sugar in my tea, hoping that my family would not then feel the sacrifice necessary to buy the book. Since that period, I have expended large sums in books, some of them very costly ones, but I never had one so truly valuable, as was the second volume of the "Penny Magazine"; and I look as anxiously for the issue of the monthly part, as I did for the means of getting a living. I continued to be a subscriber to this periodical up to the publication of the last number...'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Christopher Thomson      Print: Book, Serial / periodical


Charles Knight : Passages of a Working Life

'I have just been remonstrating with Mr Knight about a couple of sentences in his charming new volume "Some Passages in a Working Life &c.". He quotes an early and witless sneer of Macaulay's against the Americans, and himself applies and points it in a most offensive way. As he asked for my opinion of the book, I tacked this one bit of remonstrance on the thanks I could honestly give. I must mention (as I did to him) that there is a story about me in it which has not a word of truth in it'.

Century: 1850-1899     Reader/Listener/Group: Harriet Martineau      Print: Book


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