Although All the Year Round (1859-93) — whose full title was All the Year Round. A Weekly Journal. Conducted by Charles Dickens. With Which is Incorporated "Household Words" — in many respects continued where where Household Words (March 1850-May 1859) left off. However, Dickens's new emphasis on serialised novels by leading authors was a pronounced departure. Dickens, still very much the "Conductor," signalled this new emphasis with A Tale of Two Cities, which he used to inaugurate the new magazine in April 1859. Dickens still relied heavily on a team approach, utilizing the occasional services of some 320 contributors. The first series ran to twenty volumes before Dickens instituted a new series in December 1868. This continued until 1888 under the editorship of Charles Dickens, Junior ("Charley"), and had run to 1,000 before it wound up. Whereas the first Editor on 19 September 1868 announced that he would be abandoning the "Extra Christmas Number," his son restored the "extra" number with a vengeance, providing such value-added numbers for both Easter and Mid-summer.

Introductory material

Some All the Year Round Authors

A sampling of the magazine's articles

Opening and contents pages of All the Year Round


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