This selection from the letters of Charles Dickens (1812-70) was
edited (as it says on the title page) 'by his sister-in-law and his
eldest daughter'. The former was Georgina Hogarth (1827-1917), who
stayed in Dickens' household and cared for the family when the
author separated from his wife, her sister, in 1858; the latter was
Mary (1838-96), known in the family as Mamie, his favourite child.
They had published a three-volume edition in 1880, and a 'New
Edition' in 1882; this reissue is of the single-volume third
edition of 1893. The collection was seen as a 'supplement' to
Forster's life of Dickens (also reissued in this series).
Inevitably, it focuses on the positive and dynamic sides of
Dickens' complex character, and gives a vivid portrait of a man
juggling family life, writing, editing, travelling, amateur
theatricals and public readings from his works with tremendous
energy and verve.
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