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Victorian London Core Course Week 9

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I am very late getting this information to you I realize. I have been ill and got behind, and I do apologize. As it happens, for this week’s class on ‘City of Glass’ much of the reading will be done in a workshop session in class, on passages that you do not have to read ahead of the class. However if you do have time before tomorrow’s evening class, I should like you to read Thomas Hardy’s short story ‘The Fiddler of the Reels’, which takes place at the time of the Great Exhibition, and at times actually in the Crystal Palace, and a short journalistic piece by Dickens from ‘Household Words’, available online (just google the title) ‘On Duty with Inspector Field’. ‘The Fiddler of the Reels’ is not so readily available online unfortunately. I will get into the office early Thursday morning, photocopy the story and place it in the perspex box on the wall outside my office (IN205) in case you have some time to read it in the day before class. But I will perfectly understand if you do not have time to do this. The story is often available in collections of Hardy’s short stories and originally appeared in his volume of stories entitled ‘Life’s Little Ironies’ which is available in the library. Some helpful secondary reading would be Isobel Armstrong’s book ‘Victorian Glassworlds’ which I believe many of you know from the Victorian Reading Group last term. I look forward to seeing you tomorrow. NOTE: Irene Bittles fro Founder’s Library has just emailed me a link she found to ‘Fiddler of the Reels’ in Scribner’s Magazine: her message and the link is as follows:

Here’s another site, which hosts digitized versions of historical periodicals, including selected issues of Scribner’s Magazine (1887 – 1896), which appears to include the required story:

http://digital.library.cornell.edu/cgi/t/text/pageviewer-idx?c=scri;cc=scri;rgn=full%20text;idno=scri0013-4;didno=scri0013-4;view=image;seq=609;node=scri0013-4%3A27;page=root;size=s;frm=frameset;

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