“They don’t write songs like this any more”

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A close contemporary–and friend–of Charles Dickens, caricaturist and illustrator George Cruikshank (1792–1878) is also generally credited, in collaboration with his brother Robert Cruikshank (1789–1856), with the compilation of the three-volume songbook The Universal Songster; or, Museum of Mirth.  The title page in fact does not name an editor or compiler, listing the Cruikshank brothers only […]