Places Discussed

(Critical Guide to Settings and Places in Literature)


*London. Jorrocks’s home and place of work are both in London. His grocer’s business is located on the real St. Botolph’s Street in the eastern part of the city, while his “elegant residence,” as Surtees describes it, is on Coram Street, north of Russell Square. Friends and acquaintances with whom he goes hunting are encountered on the Strand and at such meeting places as the Piazza coffee room in Covent Garden.

Jorrocks’s hunting excursions take him to the other side of London, south of the Thames, through what were in Surtees’ time villages on the outskirts of London. Many of these places, such as Elephant and Castle, Kennington Common, Brixton Hill, and Streatham Common, are now part of metropolitan London. There are references to places further afield, which are now London suburbs: Blackheath, Eltham, Bromley, Beckenham, and Lewisham. Surtees’ south London is peculiarly evocative in light of the fact that this is now a densely populated area, some of it the embodiment of urban decay.

*East Surrey

*East Surrey. Region immediately southwest of London in which Jorrocks hunts with what is described as the Surrey Hunt. This hunt works the eastern part of the county and neighboring western Kent. The terrain is undulating and at times hilly, much of it consisting of the North Downs. The Surrey Hunt is quite unlike the hunts that Surtees himself knew in the north of England, which were patronized and supported by the landed...

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(Critical Guide to Settings and Places in Literature)

Cooper, Leonard. R. S. Surtees. London: Arthur Baker, 1952. Biographical study of the novelist. Comments on Jorrocks’ Jaunts and Jollities are interspersed throughout the narrative of Surtees’ career; explains the composition process and the relationship of fictional characters and situations to the author’s life.

Gash, Norman. Robert Surtees and Early Victorian Society. Oxford, England: Clarendon Press, 1993. General study of the novelist’s ability to dramatize and comment on social situations in the early decades of the nineteenth century. Relates details of Jorrocks’ Jaunts and Jollities to larger social issues that interested the novelist throughout his career.

Hamilton, Alex. Introduction to Jorrocks’ Jaunts and Jollities, by Robert Smith Surtees. London: Cassell, 1968. Excellent commentary on the significance of the novel in Surtees’ career; also explains how it served as the stimulus for later, similar productions, especially those by Dickens and Anthony Trollope.

Neumann, Bonnie Rayford. Robert Smith Surtees. Boston: Twayne, 1978. General introduction to the novelist’s career. Includes a scholarly examination of Jorrocks’ Jaunts and Jollities, focusing on Surtees’ development of his title character as a spokesperson for the author’s views about society and its values; describes ways in which Surtees distinguishes genuine emotions from hypocrisy and sham.

Welcome, John. The Sporting World of R. S. Surtees. New York: Oxford University Press, 1982. General survey of Surtees’ career. Comments on the development of characters in Jorrocks’ Jaunts and Jollities and on the novel’s publication history.