The Life of Charles Dickens: Volume 2, 1842-1852

The Life of Charles Dickens: Volume 2, 1842-1852

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John Forster (1812-76), an exact contemporary of Charles Dickens, was one of his closest friends, and acted for him (as for many other authors) as advisor, editor, proofreader, agent and marketing manager: according to Thackeray, 'whenever anyone is in a scrape we all fly to him for refuge. He is omniscient and works miracles.' Forster was Dickens' literary executor, and was left the manuscripts of many of the novels, which he in turn left (along with the rest of his magnificent library) to the South Kensington Museum (later the Victoria and Albert Museum). He was ideally placed to write a biography of Dickens, having known him since the 1830s, and having been involved in deeply private matters such as Dickens' separation from his wife. This three-volume account was first published between 1872 and 1874; the version of Volume 2 reissued here is the 'tenth thousand' of more

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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 3 b/w illus.
  • 1139107887
  • 9781139107884

Table of contents

1. 1842. American Notes; 2. 1843. First year of Martin Chuzzlewit; 3. 1843-4. Chuzzlewit disapointments and Christmas Carol; 4. Year of departure for Italy; 5. 1844. Idleness at Albaro: Villa Bagnerello; 6. 1844. Work in Genoa: Palazzo Peschiere; 7. 1844. Italian travel; 8. 1845. Last months in Italy; 9. 1845-6. Again in England; 10. 1846. A home in Switzerland; 11. 1846. Swiss people and scenery; 12. 1846. Sketches chiefly personal; 13. 1846. Literary labour at Lausanne; 14. 1846. Revolution at Geneva, Christmas Book, and last days in Switzerland; 15. 1846-7. Three months in Paris; 16. 1846-8. Dombey and Son; 17. 1847-52. Splendid strolling; 18. 1848-51. Seaside holidays; 19. 1848-50. Haunted Man and Household Words; 20. 1848-51. Last years in Devonshire more