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Dickens and the Stenographic Mind

Hugo Bowles


The topic of this book is stenography and how it relates to Dickens’s life and work. The book covers the period from Dickens’s learning of Gurney’s Brachygraphy in 1827/8 to his teaching of shorthand to Arthur Stone in 1859—almost his entire working life. It examines all existing shorthand sources in detail, particularly the shorthand notebooks Dickens compiled with Arthur Stone and the shorthand letters he wrote from Gads Hill Place and Tavistock House. The first half of the book (Chapters 1–4) explores Dickens’s shorthand as a nineteenth-century textual practice, arguing that the manual’s al ... More

Keywords: Charles Dickens, Arthur Stone, stenography, Gurney, Brachygraphy, shorthand, literacy, pedagogy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198829072
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198829072.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Hugo Bowles, author
Associate Professor of English language and linguistics, University of Rome Tor Vergata