Adventures of Gilbert Go-ahead

Gilbert shows a clock to an Asian admirer while a monkey takes aim with a cocoanut
Title page from novel

"Adventures of Gilbert Go-ahead," by Samuel Goodrich, (1851-1856) was the most popular serial to appear in Robert Merry's Museum; at 42 parts, it was also the longest. Though young readers didn't always believe Gilbert's adventures, they took him to their hearts. Like many heroes of early serials in the Museum, Gilbert is an adult, with an adult's worries and an adult's insecurities; he often frets that he's not using his time or resources well. This merchant-adventurer is often fiercely commercial, apparently seeing the world as an open market and blithely speaking of "annexing" much of Asia; the quintessential Yankee peddler, he is Samuel Goodrich's gentle parody of commercial interests run amok.

The serialized story, which appeared sporadically in later years, ended a bit abruptly when it was published in 1856 as The Voyages, Travels, and Adventures of Gilbert Go-ahead, in Foreign Parts, Written by Himself, and Edited by Peter Parley (New York: J.C. Derby). Goodrich made minor changes in wording when the serialized story became the novel.

Parts 1-6 (January-June 1851) (77 kb)
Parts 7-12 (July-December 1851) (64 kb)
Parts 13-17 (1852) (61 kb)
Parts 18-23 (January-June 1853) (93 kb)
Parts 24-29 (July-December 1853) (86 kb)
Parts 30-34 (January-May 1854) (63 kb)
Parts 35-38 (July-November 1854) (55kb)
Parts 39-41 (January, April, & June 1855) (38kb)
Part 42 (February 1856) (12kb)

'The First and Last Ride in Long Tong's Carriage'

Frontispiece from novel
(appeared in the Museum at the beginning of Part 42)

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