The British Academy/The Pilgrim Edition of the Letters of Charles Dickens: Volume 11: 1865-1867

Hardcover | October 28, 1999

byCharles Dickens, Margaret BrownEditorGraham Storey

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This eleventh volume presents 1158 letters, many previously unpublished or published only in part, for the years 1865 to 1867. Dickens's main work in the period is the completion of the monthly parts of Our Mutual Friend (final part 31 October 1865, for November); unusually, it comes out intwo volumes (January and November 1865) during the period of its run. The three All the Year Round Christmas numbers, `Doctor Marigold's Prescriptions', `Mugby Junction', and `No Thoroughfare' (written jointly with Wilkie Collins) are again highly successful. He remains in high demand as chairman ofa varied collection of public charitable dinners: they include charities to which he was constantly faithful, such as the Newsvendors' Benevolent Institution and the Royal General Theatrical Fund; but he also presides, for the only time, at the Annual Dinner of the Dramatic, Equestrian, and MusicalSick Fund Association (14 February 1866) and - at the instigation of Charley Dickens, a keen oarsman and Committee member - at the Dinner of the Metropolitan Rowing Club (7 May 1866), making a particularly brilliant speech. The first reference to his swollen left foot, attributed by him tofrost-bite, comes in February 1865; but the most dramatic event in this volume is the railway accident at Staplehurst, Kent, on 9 June 1865, in which he is involved on returning from a short visit to France, accompanied by Ellen Ternan and her mother. The frontispiece shows him helping the injuredand dying. He gives two provincial reading tours managed by George Dolby of Chappell and Co., in 1866 and 1867, besides frequent readings in London. After a Farewell Dinner to him in London, with Lord Lytton in the Chair, he sails on 9 November 1867 from Liverpool to Boston, to begin his Americantour of 75 readings.

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This eleventh volume presents 1158 letters, many previously unpublished or published only in part, for the years 1865 to 1867. Dickens's main work in the period is the completion of the monthly parts of Our Mutual Friend (final part 31 October 1865, for November); unusually, it comes out intwo volumes (January and November 1865) during...

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:HardcoverPublished:October 28, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198122950

ISBN - 13:9780198122951

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Table of Contents

PrefaceBiographical TableAbbreviations and SymbolsThe Letters 1865-1867Appendixes:A. The Public ReadingsB. Draft Agreement between the Editors of All the Year Round and the author of "Aunt Margaret's Trouble" [Mrs Frances Trollope], [late 1866]C. Charles Dickens to John Forster [24 September 1867]dated London, 20 August 1867: D. "Dickens in America", from Our Special Correspondent, New York Daily Tribune, 6 September 1867Index

Editorial Reviews

`I have noted when reviewing earlier volumes of these brilliantly edited letters that in many regards they are better than Dickens's novels: this one is no exception ... The footnotes are an enjoyable read almost by themselves, bringing this part of the 19th century to life. Addicts of theseries will regret to note that there is likely to be only one more volume after this, but the editors ensure that every moment can be savoured.'Simon Heffer, Country Life 20/1/00