These are the periodicals and newspapers in which the Victorian writer Charles Dickens was involved with, either through publishing his work, or working for and even owning titles.


The Monthly Magazine (1833-1834).

The Monthly Magazine was a London based publication that ran from 1796 – 1843, most noted for publishing the earliest fiction of Charles Dickens when the sketch Mr Minns and his Cousin (originally titled A Dinner at Poplar Walk) appeared in December 1833. Dickens continued to place uncredited pieces in that magazine until August 1834, when The Boarding House appeared under the strange pen-name “Boz”.


The Morning Chronicle (1834-1836).

Charles Dickens was engaged to write for The Morning Chronicle in August 1834, under the editorship of John Black and paid his first regular salary for writing. Dickens was employed primarily as a parliamentary reporter and would travel the country to report on political speeches, often getting about by coach and horses as this time was before the railways.


The Evening Chronicle (1835-1836).

Following the success of his work with The Morning Chronicle, Dickens was commissioned to write a series of articles, Sketches of London for a new sister paper. Under the pseudonym ‘Boz’ he wrote twenty Sketches of London which were published between 31 January 1835 (the first edition) and 20 August 1835. The sketches were later republished under a collected edition in Sketches by Boz.


Bell’s Weekly Messenger (1835-1836).

Bell’s Life in London, and Sporting Chronicle was an English weekly sporting paper published as a pink broadsheet between 1822 and 1886.  Charles Dickens published a number of sketches in Bell’s Life in London between September 1835 and January 1836.


Cover of an 1840 of the periodical Master Humphrey's Clock.

Cover of an 1840 of the periodical Master Humphrey’s Clock.

Master Humphrey’s Clock (1840-1841).

Master Humphrey’s Clock was a weekly periodical edited and written entirely by Charles Dickens and published from April 4, 1840 to December 4, 1841.


The Daily News (1846-).


Bentley’s Miscellany


Household Words (1850-1859).

Magazine co-owned by Charles Dickens which he ran from 1850. Publication of Household Words ended in 1859 following a disagreement between Dickens and his co-owners and publishers, Bradbury and Evans. Dickens response was to set up a new publication, All the Year Round, and take his publishers to court for control of the title (which he later won).


All the Year Round (1859-1868, succeeded by his son Charles Dickens Jr.).