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Dickens, Scrooge and the Victorian poor

How not to do it

First page of article entitled How not to do it, from Dickens's own magazine All the Year Round'How not to do it' from All the Year Round This article, 'How not to do it', concerning the parlous state of the workhouse system, was published in Dickens's own magazine, All the Year Round, on 22 Sept 1866 Vol XVI: 253.

The essay is thought to have been written by James Parkinson, a regular contributor to the journal on Poor Law matters. But Dickens edited the journal, and it is also known that he supervised Parkinson's work closely. There are flashes of splendid ire against the Poor Law System here, too, which certainly sound like Dickens himself.

Image courtesy of the Dickens Journals Online project at the University of Buckingham.

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