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Master Humphrey's Clock was a weekly
periodical edited and written entirely by Charles Dickens and published from
April 4, 1840 to December 4, 1841. It began with a frame story in which Master
Humphrey tells about himself and his small circle of friends (which includes
Mr. Pickwick), and their penchant for telling stories.
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author: Charles Dickens ; Phiz
Published: London, Chapman and Hall,
1840-1841. (1st ed, 3v Set)
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Humphrey's Clock was a weekly periodical edited and written entirely by Charles
Dickens and published from April 4, 1840 to December 4, 1841. It began with a
frame story in which Master Humphrey tells about himself and his small circle
of friends (which includes Mr. Pickwick), and their penchant for telling
stories. Several short stories were included, followed by the novels The Old
Curiosity Shop and Barnaby Rudge. It is generally thought that Dickens
originally intended The Old Curiosity Shop as a short story like the others
that had appeared in Master Humphrey's Clock, but after a few chapters decided
to extend it into a novel. Master Humphrey appears as the first-person narrator
in the first three chapters of The Old Curiosity Shop but then disappears,
stating, "And now that I have carried this history so far in my own
character and introduced these personages to the reader, I shall for the
convenience of the narrative detach myself from its further course, and leave
those who have prominent and necessary parts in it to speak and act for
Humphrey is a lonely man who lives in London. He keeps old manuscripts in an
antique longcase clock by the chimney-corner. One day, he decides that he would
start a little club, called Master Humphrey's Clock, where the members would
read out their manuscripts to the others. The members include Master Humphrey;
a deaf gentleman, Jack Redburn; retired merchant Owen Miles; and Mr. Pickwick
from The Pickwick Papers. A mirror club in the kitchen, Mr. Weller's Watch, run
by Mr. Weller, has members including Humphrey's maid, the barber and Sam
Humphrey's Clock appeared after The Old Curiosity Shop, to introduce Barnaby
Rudge. After Barnaby Rudge, Master Humphrey is left by himself by the chimney
corner in a train of thoughts. Here, the deaf gentleman continues the
narration. Later, the deaf gentleman and his friends return to Humphrey's house
to find him dead. Humphrey has left money for the barber and the maid (no doubt
by traces of love that they would be married). Redburn and the deaf gentleman
look after the house and the club closes for good.
the portion of Master Humphrey's Clock which succeeds The Old Curiosity Shop,
Master Humphrey reveals to his friends that he is in fact the character
referred to as the 'single gentleman' in that story.
Humphrey's Clock was a weekly serial that contained both short stories and two
novels (The Old Curiosity Shop and Barnaby Rudge). Some of the short stories
act as frame stories to the novels so the ordering of publication is important.
Dickens' original artistic intent was to keep the short stories and the novels
together, he himself cancelled Master Humphrey's Clock before 1848, and
described in a preface to The Old Curiosity Shop that he wished the story to
not be tied down to the miscellany it began within. Most later anthologies
published the short stories and the novels separately. However, the short
stories and the novels were published in 1840 in three bound volumes under the
title Master Humphrey's Clock, which retains the full and correct ordering of
texts as they originally appeared. The illustrations in these volumes were by
George Cattermole and Hablot Browne, better known as "Phiz".