The Uncommercial Traveller

Charles DICKENS (1812 - 1870)

The Uncommercial Traveller is a collection of literary sketches and reminiscences written by Charles Dickens. In 1859 Dickens founded a new journal called All the Year Round and the Uncommercial Traveller articles would be among his main contributions. He seems to have chosen the title and persona of the Uncommercial Traveller as a result of a speech he gave on the 22 December 1859 to the Commercial Travellers' School London in his role as honorary chairman and treasurer. The persona sits well with a writer who liked to travel, not only as a tourist, but also to research and report what he found; visiting Europe, America and giving book readings throughout Britain. He does not seem content to rest late in his career when he had attained wealth and comfort and continued travelling locally, walking the streets of London in the mould of the flâneur, a 'gentleman stroller of city streets'. He often suffered from insomnia and his night-time wanderings gave him an insight into some of the hidden aspects of Victorian London, details of which he also incorporated into his novels. (Summary by Wikipedia)

Genre(s): Essays & Short Works

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 01 - CHAPTER I - HIS GENERAL LINE OF BUSINESS Jonathan Henry
00:02:58
Play 02 02 - CHAPTER II -THE SHIPWRECK Bill Mosley
00:42:22
Play 03 03 - CHAPTER III - WAPPING WORKHOUSE Patrick Wallace
00:27:04
Play 04 04 - CHAPTER IV - TWO VIEWS OF A CHEAP THEATRE Mike Pelton
00:30:00
Play 05 05 - CHAPTER V - POOR MERCANTILE JACK William Tomcho
00:31:24
Play 06 06 - CHAPTER VI - REFRESHMENTS FOR TRAVELLERS Rick Saffery
00:26:57
Play 07 07 - CHAPTER VII - TRAVELLING ABROAD William Tomcho
00:30:14
Play 08 08 - CHAPTER VIII - THE GREAT TASMANIA’S CARGO William Tomcho
00:23:27
Play 09 09 - CHAPTER IX - CITY OF LONDON CHURCHES William Tomcho
00:28:12
Play 10 10 - CHAPTER X - SHY NEIGHBOURHOODS John Leonard
00:22:26
Play 11 11 - CHAPTER XI - TRAMPS Bill Mosley
00:40:50
Play 12 12 - CHAPTER XII - DULLBOROUGH TOWN Nicole Lee
00:27:55
Play 13 13 - CHAPTER XIII - NIGHT WALKS Jeanie
00:28:15
Play 14 14 - CHAPTER XIV - CHAMBERS Adam Doughty
00:30:36
Play 15 15 - CHAPTER XV - NURSE’S STORIES Mike Pelton
00:30:35
Play 16 16 - CHAPTER XVI - ARCADIAN LONDON John Trevithick
00:23:20
Play 17 17 - CHAPTER XVII - THE ITALIAN PRISONER John Trevithick
00:25:46
Play 18 18 - CHAPTER XVIII - THE CALAIS NIGHT MAIL Lara Martin
00:19:46
Play 19 19 - CHAPTER XIX - SOME RECOLLECTIONS OF MORTALITY Anna Simon
00:24:14
Play 20 20 - CHAPTER XX - BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS Rick Saffery
00:19:43
Play 21 21 - CHAPTER XXI - THE SHORT-TIMERS Rick Saffery
00:32:26
Play 22 22 - CHAPTER XXII - BOUND FOR THE GREAT SALT LAKE Bill Mosley
00:39:34
Play 23 23 - CHAPTER XXIII - THE CITY OF THE ABSENT Rick Saffery
00:23:39
Play 24 24 - CHAPTER XXIV - AN OLD STAGE-COACHING HOUSE Richard Carpenter
00:20:19
Play 25 25 - CHAPTER XXV - THE BOILED BEEF OF NEW ENGLAND Kalynda
00:20:14
Play 26 26 - CHAPTER XXVI - CHATHAM DOCKYARD Paul Stephens
00:24:33
Play 27 27 - CHAPTER XXVII - IN THE FRENCH-FLEMISH COUNTRY Adam Doughty
00:34:28
Play 28 28 - CHAPTER XXVIII - MEDICINE MEN OF CIVILISATION Pamela Krantz
00:24:05
Play 29 29 - CHAPTER XXIX - TITBULL’S ALMS-HOUSES Paul Stephens
00:26:57
Play 30 30 - CHAPTER XXX - THE RUFFIAN Rick Saffery
00:22:26
Play 31 31 - CHAPTER XXXI - ABOARD SHIP Pamela Krantz
00:27:33
Play 32 32 - CHAPTER XXXII - A SMALL STAR IN THE EAST Deborah Brabyn
00:26:43
Play 33 33 - CHAPTER XXXIII - A LITTLE DINNER IN AN HOUR Snapdragon
00:16:17
Play 34 34 - CHAPTER XXXIV - MR. BARLOW Snapdragon
00:15:08
Play 35 35 - CHAPTER XXXV - ON AN AMATEUR BEAT Bill Mosley
00:25:01
Play 36 36 - CHAPTER XXXVI - A FLY-LEAF IN A LIFE Snapdragon
00:10:44
Play 37 37 - CHAPTER XXXVII - A PLEA FOR TOTAL ABSTINENCE Snapdragon
00:10:38