Charles Dickens identified as author of mystery article, Alison Flood, The Guardian, June 25, 2012
An article championing the rights of the working classes, published in one of the journals edited by Dickens for more than 20 years, has been attributed to the author himself
Charles Dickens has been identified as the author of a previously unattributed article which attacks the middle classes for patronising the “working man”.
“Who has not been outraged by observing that cheerfully patronising mode of dealing with poor people which is in vogue at our soup-kitchens and other depôts of alms?,” runs the article, which was published anonymously on 18 April 1863 in the weekly magazine All the Year Round, under Charles Dickens’s editorship. “There is a particular manner of looking at the soup through a gold double eye-glass, or of tasting it, and saying, ‘Monstrous good – monstrous good indeed; why, I should like to dine off it myself!’ which is more than flesh and blood can bear…”
Another resource from the BBC: Book of the Week – Charles Dickens – A Life