The Life of Charles Dickens: Volume 3, 1852-1870

The Life of Charles Dickens: Volume 3, 1852-1870

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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 3 reissued here is the first edition.
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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 2 b/w illus.
  • 1139107895
  • 9781139107891

Table of contents

1. 1850-3. David Copperfield and Bleak House; 2. 1853-5. Home incidents and Hard Times; 3. 1853. Switzerland and Italy revisited; 4. 1853, 1854, and 1856. Three summers at Boulogne; 5. 1855, 1856. Residence in Paris; 6. 1855-7. Little Dorrit, and a lazy tour; 7. 1857-8. What happened at this time; 8. 1856-70. Gadshill Place; 9. 1858-9. First paid readings; 10. 1859-61. All the Year Round and the Uncommercial Traveller; 11. 1861-3. Second series of readings; 12. 1855-65. Hints for books written and unwritten; 13. 1864-7. Third series of readings; 14. 1836-70. Dickens as a novelist; 15. 1867. America revisited. November and December, 1867; 16. 1868. America revisited. January to April, 1868; 17. 1868-70. Last readings; 18. 1869-70. Last book; 19. 1836-70. Personal characteristics; 20. 1869-70. The end; Appendix; Index.
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