Jerrold, Douglas [2]

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(1803-1857) UK playwright, columnist, magazine proprietor and editor much involved throughout his life in the London literary scene. A regular contributor to Punch, often pseudonymously, from the second issue of the magazine in 1841 until his death. At his funeral in 1857 Charles Dickens was one of the pall-bearers. Little of his work is within the genre, an exception being his savage satire on capitalism A Man Made of Money (first published in six monthly parts October 1848-March 1849; 1853) in which the protagonist unwisely wishes he was "made of money". His wish comes true and he is able to peel banknotes from his skin, but as his wealth increases his body, and his reputation, diminishes. [RR]

Douglas William Jerrold

born London: 3 January 1803

died Kilburn, London: 8 June 1857

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