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Charles Dickens’ Our Mutual Friend: A Publishing History by Sean Grass

Ashgate Publishing (Farnham, Surrey, 2014) – Reviewed by Jennifer Gribble. As Sean Grass notes, in this second title in the new Ashgate series of publishing histories, Our Mutual Friend holds a special place among the works of Dickens. As the … Continue reading

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Charles Dickens’ Our Mutual Friend: A Publishing History by Sean Grass

Ashgate Publishing (Farnham, Surrey, 2014) – Reviewed by Gary Corkill. Our Mutual Friend was the last completed novel by Charles Dickens. On its publication it received a scathing review by the young Henry James – “the poorest of Mr Dickens’ … Continue reading

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2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 3,700 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway … Continue reading

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“Charles V. Catherine Dickens; As They Were” by Jean Wilson

Published by MX Publishing – Reviewed by Louise Owens. This book focuses on the life of Charles Dickens and those immediately surrounding him from when Dickens was 19, in 1831, to his death in 1870 and it’s outcomes. Drawing on … Continue reading

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“Dickens and Benjamin: Moments of Revelation, Fragments of Modernity” by Gillian Piggott

Published by Ashgate Publishing Ltd – Reviewed by Jennifer Gribble. Michael Hollington’s pioneering essay on ‘Dickens the Flaneur’, in 1981, continues to generate interest in the links between the novels of Dickens and the writings of the French theorist of Modernism, … Continue reading

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“The Christmas Spirits” by Whitley Strieber

Published by Hodder & Stoughton – Reviewed by Malvina Yock. The front cover announces this is: ‘Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol retold for modern times’. And so it was, from the dead Marley (now called Bill), to the three spirits … Continue reading

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“The Mystery of Charles Dickens: a Tale of Mesmerism and Murder” by John Paulits

Published by MX Publishing – Reviewed by Margaret Mandeno. This is, from the opening chapter to the last, a story filled with a highly satisfying mixture of tension and intrigue. The author deftly portrays the individuality of his characters and … Continue reading

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