The British Academy/The Pilgrim Edition of the Letters of Charles Dickens: Volume 10: 1862-1864

Hardcover | April 1, 1998

byCharles Dickens, Margaret BrownEditorGraham Storey

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This volume presents 918 letters, 435 previously unpublished, for the years 1862 to 1864. Our Mutual Friend, Dickens's main work in the period, comes out monthly from 30 April 1864 to 31 October 1865, illustrated by Marcus Stone, son of Dickens's old friend, the painter Frank Stone; a seriesof new letters to him shows the immense care Dickens took over his illustrations. The three All the Year Round Christmas numbers, "Somebody's Luggage", "Mrs. Lirriper's Lodgings" and "Mrs. irriper's Legacy", take up much of his energies and are highly successful. Public readings do not occupy somuch of his time as in the last volume; but he completes his second provincial tour in January 1862; gives two series weekly in London; and reads for charity in both Rochester and Paris. He declines an offer of L10,000 for an eight months' reading tour in Australia. Gad's Hill plays an increasinglymajor part in his life: he entertains many of his friends there and makes constant improvements to it. But there is no other period in which he pays so many visits to France, generally alone. The deliberately mystifying language he uses about these visits suggests he was seeing Ellen Ternan eitherin Paris or Boulogne or both, but there is no evidence to prove it. Long letters to his Swiss friend, W. W. F. de Cerjat, testify to his concern with public issues; several show how much he hated the American Civil War.

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This volume presents 918 letters, 435 previously unpublished, for the years 1862 to 1864. Our Mutual Friend, Dickens's main work in the period, comes out monthly from 30 April 1864 to 31 October 1865, illustrated by Marcus Stone, son of Dickens's old friend, the painter Frank Stone; a seriesof new letters to him shows the immense care ...

Charles Dickens (1812-70) is one of England's greatest novelists. Born into a poor family (his father was once imprisoned for debt), Dickens became both rich and famous in his lifetime. Graham Storey is a Fellow Emeritus, Trinity Hall, Cambridge.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:530 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.34 inPublished:April 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0198122942

ISBN - 13:9780198122944

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Preface and AcknowledgementsBiographical TableAbbreviations and SymbolsTHE LETTERS 1862-1864AppendixesIndex of CorrespondentsIndex of Names and Places

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`we are faced with a figure who challenges us in a different way from the probing, sparkling, illuminating actor and observer of the 1840s and 1850s. This appears more clearly because of the Pilgrim's editing, its continued reliability and restraint and balanced judgement, and its attention tothe general scene. As conceived and carried through, this is a superlative work on a grand scale. The editing is challenging in its restraint. It gives the evidence, and leaves conclusions to be drawn by readers ... there is a great deal in the ongoing Letters which is illuminating, that may preventoversights about Dickens and his writing, and that is even essential to a full understanding.'K J Fielding, YES, 30, 2000