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Leary, Patrick.

The Punch brotherhood : table talk and print culture in Mid-Victorian London / Patrick Leary.

Additional Title(s):

Table talk and print culture in Mid-Victorian London

London : The British Library Board, 2010.
Physical Description:
x, 197 p. : ill., ports. ; 25 cm.
Reference Library
AP101.P8 L43 2010 (LC)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [181]-192) and index.
Subject Terms:
English wit and humor -- Periodicals.
Punch (London, England)

  • Introduction. Mister Punch and the historians ; Oral culture, print culture ; Community and production
  • The brotherhood of the Punch table. The evolution of the dinner meeting ; The early staff at table, 1843-1857 ; Henry Silver and his diary, 1858-1870
  • Cartoons and conversations : the large cut. Many voices ; Imagining the reader ; Following the news ; Give and take
  • Gossip and the literary life. Literary success and literary talk ; Swinburne : scandal and judgment ; The Bohemians
  • Town talk : Dickens, Thackeray, and the policing of gossip. The great rivalry ; Dickens and gossip : amazing slanders ; The "personal statement" and its consequences ; The Garrick affair : printing comments upon my private conversation ; The committee ; The Garrick is in convulsions ; Wheels within wheels
  • Shirley Brooks and the flight from Bohemia. A scrambling, uncertain life : the struggle for respectability ; The Tory journalist and the "grown up" Punch ; I mount a good many guns : the exercise of influence ; The important purpose of my life : the fragility of success
  • Bradbury and Evans and the personal politics of print culture. Bradbury and Evans before Punch : master printers ; Punch before Bradbury and Evans : We must have Cash! ; Punch after Bradbury and Evans : the capitalization of sociability ; Talk, fellowship, and production ; Sales, profit, and friendship ; From printer-proprietors to publishers ; Conclusion
  • Epilogue
  • Appendix. The Henry Silver "diary."