Rediscovering Dickens

A chronicle of the transcription of 20 issues of Household Words by Charles Dickens.

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I'm working on a pet project to digitize all of the issues of Charles Dickens's weekly magazine, Household Words, that contained portions of his novel Hard Times. Since OCR software is expensive, I'm transcribing all of 20 issues by hand. Since I am actually interested in what I am typing (and am therefore reading as I go), and I not the speediest of typists, this will take me a little while. This blog will chronicle my progress and my thoughts about the project and its content along the way. Why should you care? If you are at all interested in how popular culture evolves, how the middle class came to be, and how literature is affected within and without its context, you should read on. If you couldn't care less of such things, then you might want to go elsewhere. Thanks for visiting - I hope you will return. - Lynn

Thursday, August 14, 2008


All issues of Household Words that contain Hard Times are now online!

I can't believe I'm finally finished - sort of. I'd still like to transcribe each article into its own document, but that can wait. For now, anyone who has an interest can read Hard Times in its original context.

Please let me know what you think - any and all input is appreciated.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Issues 223, 224, 225, 226 and 227 are now up for your reading pleasure.

Only two more issues to go and the whole thing will be on-line.