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Charles Dickens Theatre Collection

Master Humphrey's Clock

Master Humphrey's Clock was the title of the weekly periodical in which The Old Curiosity Shop and Barnaby Rudge were originally published. Begun in 1840, the narrative comprises a series of short stories, with the two novels following. In the periodical, Master Humphrey starts a club in which the members read to one another. One of the members of this club is Mr. Pickwick, of The Pickwick Papers. A mirror club, run by Sam Weller, another character from The Pickwick Papers, meets in Mr Humphrey's kitchen and is called 'Mr Weller's Watch'.

Dickens cancelled the publication of the periodical in 1841, but both The Old Curiosity Shop and Barnaby Rudge were to have a life beyond their initial origins.

Despite the short life span of Master Humphrey’s Clock, theatrical adaptations did spring up in Britain and America, demonstrating the enthusiasm for performances of all things ‘Dickens’ in the mid-nineteenth century.

Special Collections Holdings

Item type Item information Author Item number
Book


Master Humphrey's Clock

(Chapman and Hall, 1840)

Charles Dickens
(1812-1870)

George Cattermole
(1800-1868)

Hablot Knight Browne
(1815-1882)

F197255
Playscript

Master Humphrey's clock : a romantic drama

(first performed at the Victoria Theatre (Old Vic), Lambeth, 26 May 1840)

Frederick Fox Cooper
(1806-1879)

0590800

0591442

 

Book

Master Humphrey's clock (3 v.)

(Chapman and Hall, 1840)

Charles Dickens
(1812-1870)

George Cattermole
(1800-1868)

Hablot Knight Browne
(1815-1882)

F075829 F075827 0169848
0169846 0169847

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