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Mrs. Caudle's Curtain Lectures

Douglas William Jerrold

Douglas William Jerrold (1803-1857) was the son of an actor manager. After some time in the Navy and as an apprentice printer he became a playwright and later a journalist. He was a contemporary and friend of Charles Dickens. As a journalist he worked for Punch magazine in which Mrs Caudle's Curtain Lectures were serialised, to be published in book form in 1846. Job Caudle, the 'hero' of the book is a Victorian shopkeeper whose wife finds she can only talk to him without interruption in bed. Caudle, who outlives his wife, finds he can no longer sleep easily because of his memory of these 'lectures' and resolves to exorcise his wife's memory by recording the lectures, it seems with a view to future publication for the edification of others. Jerrold's humour shines through this insight into Victorian middle class culture. (Summary by Martin Clifton)

Douglas William Jerrold (1803-1857) was the son of an actor manager. After some time in the Navy and as an apprentice printer he became a playwright and later a journalist. He was a contemporary and friend of Charles Dickens. As a journalist he worked for Punch magazine in which Mrs Caudle's Curtain Lectures were serialised, to be published in book form in 1846. Job Caudle, the 'hero' of the book is a Victorian shopkeeper whose wife finds she can only talk to him without interruption in bed. Caudle, who outlives his wife, finds he can no longer sleep easily because of his memory of these 'lectures' and resolves to exorcise his wife's memory by recording the lectures, it seems with a view to future publication for the edification of others. Jerrold's humour shines through this insight into Victorian middle class culture. (Summary by Martin Clifton)
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Genres:

Humor

Description:

Douglas William Jerrold (1803-1857) was the son of an actor manager. After some time in the Navy and as an apprentice printer he became a playwright and later a journalist. He was a contemporary and friend of Charles Dickens. As a journalist he worked for Punch magazine in which Mrs Caudle's Curtain Lectures were serialised, to be published in book form in 1846. Job Caudle, the 'hero' of the book is a Victorian shopkeeper whose wife finds she can only talk to him without interruption in bed. Caudle, who outlives his wife, finds he can no longer sleep easily because of his memory of these 'lectures' and resolves to exorcise his wife's memory by recording the lectures, it seems with a view to future publication for the edification of others. Jerrold's humour shines through this insight into Victorian middle class culture. (Summary by Martin Clifton)

Language:

English

Narrators:

LibriVox Community

Length:

4h 22m


Chapters

Free Sample

01:00

Introduction
Introduction

08:46


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

06:23


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

07:12


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

07:40


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

02:57


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:20


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

06:24


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:29


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:09


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:03


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:30


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:41


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

07:06


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:39


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

07:28


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

07:20


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:42


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:12


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:57


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

07:24


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

07:27


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:48


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

07:44


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

07:42


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

07:48


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

08:11


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

07:22


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

07:48


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:13


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

08:18


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

07:26


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

08:03


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

07:09


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

07:37


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

07:37


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

07:36


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

05:17


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

01:56