Jerrolds Since 1803

Douglas Jerrold ( 1803 - 1857 )

Book Description
Originally serialized in "PUNCH" in 1845, Mrs. Caudle's incessant petty lectures to her unfortunate husband--enacted in the matrimonial bed at the close of each day when he is compelled to lie and listen--are as hilarious and familiar today as when first penned. Introduction by Peter Ackroyd.

From the Publisher
The quintessential hen-pecked husband, Job Caudle leads a quiet and well-intentioned life, looking forward to his few modest pleasures. But he is never allowed to savor them for long. In Mrs. Caudle's eyes, he can do no right. With a melodramatic talent for turning molehills into mountains, she lays the blame for all their ills squarely at his feet. The lectures are a war of attrition between the irresistible force of Mrs. Caudle's tongue and the stamina of her poor husband's tortured ears.  With no means of escape, the doomed Mr. Caudle's only means of defense is to alternate between mustering the odd rejoinder and feigning sleep. Resistance, however, is always futile.

Born: 3 January 1803
Son of a travelling actor

Quotables, Quotations

1. On Australia: "If you tickle the earth with a how she laughs with a harvest."

2. "The surest way to hit a woman's heart is to take aim kneeling."

3. "Some people are so fond of ill-luck that they run half-way to meet it."

4. "Happiness grows at our own firesides, and is not to be picked in strangers' gardens."

5. "Love the sea? I dote upon it - from the beach." - Love of the Sea

6. "Without ambitious people, the world would never get up. Ambitious people are the busybodies who are about early in the morning, hammering, shouting, and rattling the fireirons and rendering it generally impossible for the rest of the house to remain in bed."

7. "If I were a grave-digger or even a hangman, there are some people I could work for with a great deal of enjoyment."

8. "Fortunes made in no time are like shirts made in no time; it's ten to one if they hang long together."

9. "O God, I AM an idiot!"

10. "Thank God, I am NOT an idiot!"

11. "Love is like the measles, all the worse when it comes late."

12. "My notion of a wife at forty is that a man should be able to change her, like a bank note, for two twenties."

13. "Readers are of two sorts: one who goes carefully through a book, and the other who as carefully lets the book go through him."

14. "In this world truth can wait; she's used to it."

Victorian Melodramas

Black-eyed Susan, 1829
The Mutiny at the Nore, 1830
Painter of Ghent
Law and Lions
The Rent-Day


Douglas Jerrold's shilling magazine. London, The Punch office.
v. 1-7; Jan. 1845-June 1848.

The Handbook of Swindling by Douglas Jerrold 1839.
Little Blue Book 1658
Mrs. Caudle's Curtain Lectures, Illustrated By Charles Keene. D. Appleton, 1866 (cloth)

See Mrs. Caudle's Curtain Lectures by Douglas Jerrold to find out that the custom of women emotionally abusing men is very old.


Men zou een vrouw van veertig voor twee van twintig moeten kunnen inruilen - Douglas Jerrold
 "La religión está en el corazón no en las rodillas." Douglas William Jerrold Blanchard Jerrold.

The LIFE Of GEORGE CRUIKSHANK. London: Chatto & Windus, 1882. Cloth with gilt lettering/decorations. 2 volumes. Illustrated, 8vo. 1st ed. Nr Doré, Gustave & Blanchard Jerrold.

LONDON. A Pilgrimage. London: Grant & Co., 1872. Original full leather. AEG. 191 ppg, 180 illustrations (54 full page & 126 vignettes) by Doré, Folio. 1st ed (Malan, pg 281). Arguably Doré's best known work. Conceived in 1868, Doré often went, in disguise, to many parts of London's underground in order to get the material immortalized in this work. According to Malan, Doré's bibliographer, this 'book often hailed as the greatest visual expression of the social class struggle ever published.'

Fowler: "In writing this straightforward and workmanlike biography of his grandfather (the book was finished before the war and delayed in publication) Mr. Walter Jerrold has aimed at doing justice to Douglas Jerrold dots."

City of London Theatre 1837-1868:

Jerrold, Douglas; Illustrated by Lewis Daniel. Whimsical Tales of Douglas Jerrold. Allentown, Pennsylvania: J. I. Rodale, 1948. First Story Classics Edition. Full-bound red decorated green cloth with gold print on black background; Plain endpapers; Green page end-stains all around; B/W & Color Illustrations; 168 pages; Printed on Gilpin paper; Decorations and binding design by Charles E. Skaggs; In a plain brown paper-board slipcase. Hardcover.

William Blanchard Jerrold (1826-1884)

Journalist, novelist and dramatist, he was born on 22 December 1826 in Little Queen Street, London, the second son of seven children of Douglas William Jerrold (1803-1859), dramatist, author and journalist and Mary Ann Swann (?1804-1859). His godfather was his father's close and much-loved friend, the poet and journalist Samuel Laman Blanchard after whom he was named.

James Douglas Jerrold KELLEY

Born 25 December 1847: 
Died 1922 Apr 30

Douglas Jerrold: The Necessity Of Freedom. Notes On Christianity And Politics (London, 1939) Concerns the restoration of Christian authority and freedom against the ideas of 1789.

Francis Jerrold, French Aeronautical Engineer

Jan "mr bluegrass", Yvonne, Alan, Suzanne Jerrold

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