Household Words Weekly periodical published in London by Dickens, Charles (John Huffam) from March 30, 1850 to May 28, 1859. Priced at twopence and occasionally reaching a circulation of 300,000, the popular magazine addressed a broad readership with weekly miscellanies of fiction, poetry, and essays. Although Dickens was a co-owner with William Bradbury and Frederick Evans, he exerted total editorial control and eventually bought out his partners in order to shut down Household Words and replace it with All the Year Round.
Dickens himself wrote a great deal for Household Words , contributing serialized books, including Hard Times (1854) and Great Expectations (1860-61), essays, and other miscellaneous pieces. Other distinguished novelists who contributed serials included Mrs. Gaskell, Wilkie Collins, Charles Reade, and Edward Bulwer-Lytton.