Introduction.

Barnaby Rudge was the fifth novel from Charles Dickens, first published in 1841. It is the first of Dickens’s two historical novels (the other being A Tale of Two Cities). Barnaby Rudge is largely set around the time of the Gordon Riots of 1780.

Charles Dickens by Daniel Maclise
Charles Dickens, painted in 1839, two years before he wrote Barnaby Rudge.

Publication.

Barnaby Rudge was original entitled Barnaby Rudge: A Tale of the Riots of ‘Eighty and was published as a weekly serial in Master Humphrey’s Clock, between February 1841 and November 1841. It was partly written whilst Dickens was living at Doughty Street in London.

Charles Dickens by Daniel Maclise
Charles Dickens, painted in 1839, four years before he wrote A Christmas Carol.

Popular Culture.

Barnaby Rudge is one the less popular novels of Charles Dickens and has rarely been adapted for film or television. Silent film versions were released in 1911 and 1915. In 1960, the BBC produced a twelve-episode televised adaptation of the novel starring John Wood as Barnaby Rudge.

Charles Dickens by Daniel Maclise
Charles Dickens, painted in 1839, four years before he wrote A Christmas Carol.

Quotations.

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