Armchair Travel

  • Catherine WatersEmail author
Part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of the Media book series (PSHM)


The Victorian special correspondent was distinguished by his mobility, readiness to be despatched and liability to turn up anywhere in order to provide eye-witness accounts of unseen places and events to readers seated comfortably at home. George Augustus Sala was identified by his contemporaries as the ‘chief of travelled specials’ and therefore forms the focus of this chapter. Moving from a consideration of Sala’s apprenticeship under Dickens on Household Words, it goes on to examine the special correspondence he sent to the Daily Telegraph from many parts of the world, including America, Algeria, and a host of European countries, and considers the ways in which it sought to provide readers with an experience of armchair travel that could surpass the value of an actual journey.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of EnglishUniversity of KentCanterburyUK

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