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Brian Reynolds
Fri, 31 May 2019 13:46:43 -0700
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If you'd like to contact me directly, I'm at [log in to unmask]

Over the past 24 hours, the list's moderation queue has received a few
messages that I suspect (due to my name in the the salutation and/or the
inclusion of personal details, etc.) were not intended to be published
to the list.  So I will not be approving/publishing them (I did read and
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Brian Reynolds
Thu, 30 May 2019 22:42:17 -0700
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Dear All,

It is my sad duty to inform the members of the dickns-l mailing list
that this list's founder and long-time moderator, Patrick McCarthy,
passed away on May 20 at the age of ninety-six.

Professor McCarthy's obituary can be read here:
https://www.independent.com/obits/2019/05/27/patrick-j-mccarthy-2/

In the past year or more Professor McCarthy was unable to moderate the
list as he had been accustomed to, so your postings failed to appear.
But as the IT person in the UCSB Department of English, I have arranged
to take custodianship of the list on a temporary basis and will moderate
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Sun, 1 Apr 2018 15:08:10 -0400
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Dickens's Favourite Flower
by Jenny Hartley
CHARLES DICKENS MUSEUM 
https://dickensmuseum.com/blogs/charles-dickens-museum/dickenss-favourite-flower-by-jenny-hartley 
Spring is on the way, and how better to greet it than with some flowers?  ‘He loved all flowers’, Mamie Dickens wrote of her father, ‘but especially bright flowers, and scarlet geraniums were his favourite of all.’ 
Geraniums
At Gad’s Hill, the house in Kent he bought in 1857, he had geraniums in ‘a blaze of color’ as Mamie put it, in the front garden; he also had them in pots in front of the bay windows, as you can see in the famous picture of Dickens and his daughters.

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Wed, 28 Mar 2018 08:15:57 +0800
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Emma Vang
Mon, 26 Mar 2018 23:22:22 +0300
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Good day,

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Jooble is a worldwide job search engine that operates in 65 countries. Every
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Mon, 19 Mar 2018 06:50:20 +0800
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Thu, 8 Mar 2018 11:21:46 +0800
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Tue, 27 Feb 2018 07:26:46 -0700
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Wed, 21 Feb 2018 11:44:36 -0500
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Dickens's First Love Maria Beadnell
Miriam Margolyes in 2 1/2 minute video 
 
Charles Dickens Museum
Published on Feb 14, 2017
 
 
Join Miriam Margolyes as she recites some of Dickens’s early love poetry. As a young man Dickens met Maria Beadnell, his first love. We take a closer look at the album of illustrations and writings by Maria; among these are four poems by the young Dickens and writings by Maria’s many other suitors.
 
Click Here...
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5UX8ubTiB5g
 
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Thu, 15 Feb 2018 11:47:38 +0800
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Wed, 7 Feb 2018 07:19:45 -0500
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HAPPYBIRTHDAY,
CHARLESDICKENS
 
 
 
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Sun, 21 Jan 2018 00:27:03 +0800
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John Jordan
Thu, 24 Aug 2017 13:50:19 -0700
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Dear Patrick,

I forward below a question that will be of interest to your subscribers, I
feel sure.

Best,

John

Good afternoon,

My name is José Viera, I am a PhD student currently specialising in
neo-Victorian portrayals of Charles Dickens in contemporary biography and
biofiction. I am writing in the hope that you will be able to lend me a
hand: by any chance, are you familiar with any novels portraying Dickens as
a character in the first half of the 20th century? I am aware there were a
couple of fictionalised accounts of his love life (e.g. C.E. Bechhofer


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Patrick McCarthy
Tue, 7 Mar 2017 11:40:04 -0800
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

John Jordan, one of the "onlie begetters" of the U.C. Santa Cruz Dickens
Project and indefatigable
devotee, keeps us up to date on its goings-on: (pjm)
---------------Honorable Dickensians:

I write for two related reasons. First is to let you know that the 2017
winter conference for graduate students, held in Lexington KY on
February 23-24 and hosted by our colleague Ellen Rosenman, was a great
success. Faculty and students from 12 different Dickens Project member
institutions participated. Eleven Project faculty attended, the largest
number ever in winter conference history. The papers delivered were of
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Patrick McCarthy
Fri, 3 Mar 2017 11:30:18 -0800
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

At the request of Diana Archibald <diana [log in to unmask]>, we are
pleased to forward
the following announcement: (pjm)

Dickens and Resistance

*Allied Organization:*/ Dickens Society/
Papers on any type of resistance in or to Dickens (his literature or
his life): physical, emotional, political, linguistic, pedagogical,
etc. 250-word abstract and short cv by 15 March 2017; Diana C.
Archibald ([log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]>).

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Patrick McCarthy
Tue, 28 Feb 2017 12:28:59 -0800
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

This self-explanatory message from Renee Fox <[log in to unmask]> will
attract a Dickens student who

wants to air an aspect of "Ephemeral Dickens:" (pjm)
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Patrick McCarthy
Fri, 24 Feb 2017 11:36:36 -0800
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Friends of the Dickens Forum.

We have been indisposed for a week, and now presume upon Professor
Robert Tracy to pass on

his message concerning developments on the Cleveland Street workhouse
site: (pjm)
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Patrick McCarthy
Thu, 16 Feb 2017 08:45:33 -0800
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Friends of Dickens,

Harland Nelson <[log in to unmask]> notices and provides:
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Dear Patrick,

Reading Ruth's headsup on the new threat to the Cleveland Street
workhouse, I noticed that she didn't include an email address for Kate
Henry.

So I emailed her asking for it, and half an hour later she emailed the
missing address, and asked me to relay it to you for broadcasting to the
D-list. (Her comment on her own omission: "Aaaargh!")

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Patrick McCarthy
Tue, 14 Feb 2017 20:11:02 -0800
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

The assiduous and pro-active Ruth Richardson <anatonyruth@gmail,com> has
been in the forefront
of Dickensians in alerting us to the importance of the Cleveland Street
Workhouse in the history of
Dickens Studies. Here she alerts us to a new shadow on the workhouse. (pjm)
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Patrick McCarthy
Thu, 9 Feb 2017 11:17:14 -0800
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

David Paroissien, esteemed editor of the *Dickens Quarterly,* in
keeping with the lively and pertinent

subject matter of his publication, issues the following call for
contributions: (pjm)
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Patrick McCarthy
Fri, 27 Jan 2017 12:03:27 -0800
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

The letter below and its attachment, from DeeJay Neblett
<[log in to unmask]>, suggest to us that

we forward them to you in case you have a positive answer. We are in no
position to do so. PJM
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Patrick McCarthy
Fri, 30 Dec 2016 12:08:05 -0800
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

The lively and always informative historian Ruth
<[log in to unmask]> once more affirms the
world-wide influence of The Inimitable: (pjm)
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> Dear All - a dear friend has sent me this from Greece - which just goes to
> show how much our mutual friend is appreciated for his generosity of spirit!
>
> http://www.ekathimerini.com/214839/article/ekathimerini/
> news/greece-takes-dig-at-lenders-with-scrooge-christmas-card
>
> Merry Christmas & God Bless us Every One!
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Patrick McCarthy
Thu, 29 Dec 2016 11:18:28 -0800
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

Although we read *The New Yorker*, we missed this sprightly piece by
David Denby which

celebrates his return to reading Charles Dickens. Thank you, Ronald H.
Blumer <[log in to unmask]>! (pjm)
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Patrick McCarthy
Sun, 25 Dec 2016 19:37:31 -0800
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

Wishing you all the great blessings and joys of the day is perhaps
supererogatory at this hour of Christmas

Day. But I do so, remembering the Dickens who loved his fellow men so
much and left such an impression

of genius and generosity and good will.

The following post arrived for you today from a fellow
Dickns-eller, and I pass it on for whatever

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Patrick McCarthy
Tue, 20 Dec 2016 11:02:07 -0800
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

Goldie Morganthaler <[log in to unmask]> gave a talk
sponsored by her university which

illustrates delightfully what a university talk on *A Christmas Carol*
is like. The talk is for a general

audience and is a present for Dickens lovers who admire the story.
Goldie has now permitted us to

forward her talk to Dickns-l as a present for the season. Merry
Christmas to all ! PJM

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Patrick McCarthy
Tue, 6 Dec 2016 20:04:52 -0800
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

Courtney Mahaney<[log in to unmask]> submits the following
notice: (pjm)
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Patrick McCarthy
Fri, 2 Dec 2016 15:58:32 -0800
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

Here from [log in to unmask] is a post on wills in
Dickens with a glance in
a new direction: (pjm)
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Patrick McCarthy
Fri, 2 Dec 2016 15:40:10 -0800
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Friends,

John Zinn <[log in to unmask]> notes a will we have not yet
mentioned: (pjm)
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Patrick McCarthy
Fri, 2 Dec 2016 15:26:43 -0800
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

Susan Jhirad <[log in to unmask]> looks at two kinds of
inheritance: (pjm)
> On the topic of wills, let us not forget the true villain of *Oliver Twist*, Oliver’s half brother Edward Leeford (Monks). It is he who plots to have Oliver snatched by Fagin, because of a clause in their family will that would make Oliver (the natural inheritor) disinherited “if he commits a crime.” The issue of wills in Dickens is, I believe, closely related to who is the legitimate and who is the illegitimate child. Also, who is the worthy inheritor and who the

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Patrick McCarthy
Fri, 2 Dec 2016 13:01:53 -0800
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

That amiable New Yorker, Mike Quinn, chips in his agreement on the
hand of
the third spirit in *CC*: (pjm)
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Patrick McCarthy
Thu, 1 Dec 2016 14:14:49 -0800
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

Julian Crowe <[log in to unmask]> questions whether William Dorrit
was the
recipient of a will: (pjm)

PS Another thought comes to mind from re-reading Michael Allen's original
> question. He mentions the will that brought riches to William Dorrit, but
> unless I've missed something in Mr Pancks's account (always possible,
> because it is quite confusing) William Dorrit is heir-at-law, which
> suggests that the fortune he inherits was not bequeathed by will, but came
> to him because he was related to the deceased owner.
>
> Julian Crowe
>
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Patrick McCarthy
Thu, 1 Dec 2016 13:58:25 -0800
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

Julian Crowe <[log in to unmask]> adds to the purposes to which
Dickens puts
wills. He sees will as both powerful and powerless.
(pjm)
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Patrick McCarthy
Wed, 30 Nov 2016 12:45:36 -0800
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

The next replies to Michael Allen share their brevity:

a) Michael O'Neile <[log in to unmask]> :
> The Will of John Jarndyce in *Bleak House*.
Michael O'Neile

b) Susan Jhirad

"Our Mutual Friend*, of course. the many wills searched among the
dust heaps.

c) April Denny <[log in to unmask]>

Don't miss the will that governs one of the major plot lines in
*Our Mutual Friend.*
The vindictive miser, old Mr. Harmon, stipulates that his son, John,
cannot inherit unless
he marries Bella Wilfer, a wilful child, that old Harmon once observed
kicking her kindly
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Patrick McCarthy
Wed, 30 Nov 2016 12:19:59 -0800
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

Please excuse the disorder of your receiving the responses to Michael
Allen's question about wills in
Dickens. The reason is personal, of course, and gradually
disappearing.... Here John Drew
<[log in to unmask]> looks toward Dickens's attitude toward past
and future. (pjm)

Dear Michael,
> It seems to me that for Dickens the concept of a Will was something that, as a progressive reformer, meritocrat, and opponent generally of anciens régimes, he instinctively resisted, perhaps almost jealously, as a symbol of the past's attempts to bind the future, and of the efforts of the privileged few to maintain

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Patrick McCarthy
Wed, 30 Nov 2016 10:40:56 -0800
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

Gina Delfonzo <[log in to unmask]> offers a contextually
reasonable reply to

John D. Huston's query:
(pjm)

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------I
I’ve always liked that line, myself! I think it’s meant to convey that
as scary as the spirit was, it really was benevolent.

Scrooge’s words “your nature intercedes for me, and pities me” show that he senses this is true.

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Patrick McCarthy
Tue, 29 Nov 2016 19:48:11 -0800
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

John D. Huston <[log in to unmask]> is puzzled by a line in "A
Christmas Carol": (pjm)

After 25 seasons of touring Dickens' solo "A Christmas Carol" there is a
line which while I don't perform it still niggles at the back of my
mind. Scrooge in the "dismal wretched ruinous church yard" and pleading
for a second chance says, "Good Spirit...Your nature intercedes for me,
and pities me. Assure me that I yet may change these shadows you have
shown me, by an altered life." Dickens then tells us that, "The kind
hand trembled." The adjective has

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Patrick McCarthy
Sun, 27 Nov 2016 17:44:57 -0800
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Friends pf the Dickens Forum:

In the early chapters of *Martin Chuzzlewit,* old Martin writes and
destroys a will, and the subsequent chapters
deal with his various family members' attempt to ingratiate themselves
in his favor. *Our Mutual Friend* makes
extensive use of the will throughout, from the stipulations placed on
John Harmon's inheritance, to the various
wills discovered by Boffin and Wegg in the mounds. There are undoubtedly
more...
>
> -Adam Grener
>
> Dr. Adam Grener
> Lecturer, English Programme
> School of English, Film, Theatre and Media Studies
> Victoria University of Wellington
> email: [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>


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Patrick McCarthy
Sun, 27 Nov 2016 17:36:54 -0800
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

We have been laid up for a few days, but now can begin organizing
and forwarding your replies
to the query from Michael Allen <[log in to unmask]> as
follows:

"May I pick the collective brains of Dickens-Listers for information
about Dickens' use of wills in his writings.
The will that brought riches to William Dorrit springs immediately to
mind, and the will of Miss Havisham
that Pip thought would deliver his great expectations but didn't.
Dickens also had David Copperfield working
among the wills at Doctors' Commons. But can anybody point me in the
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Patrick McCarthy
Mon, 21 Nov 2016 16:16:59 -0800
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

Michael Allen <[log in to unmask]>, who unearths details
about Dickens's
life and works which are brilliantly spot-on, has a
request: (pjm)

>
> Dear Patrick,
>
>
>
> May I pick the collective brains of Dickens-Listers for information about
> Dickens' use of wills in his writings. The will that brought riches to
> William Dorrit springs immediately to mind, and the will of Miss Havisham
> that Pip thought would deliver his great expectations but didn't. Dickens
> also had David Copperfield working among the wills at Doctors' Commons. But
> can anybody point me

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Patrick McCarthy
Mon, 7 Nov 2016 17:40:50 -0800
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

Generosity has been the hallmark of the handling by Dr. Jeremy
Parrott and John Drew of "the
previously-unrecorded marked-up set of AYR Volumes I-XX" which revealed
the authorship of most
of the articles. We have had nothing to match Anne Lohrli's guide to
*Household Words*. Here we
have the good news that in time the informing set of AYR will be
published by Yale. But meanwhile Parrot
and Drew make a most reasonable offer of limited access to the newly
discovered set. Read below. (pjm)
<[log in to unmask]>

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Patrick McCarthy
Sun, 6 Nov 2016 15:38:09 -0800
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

Tony Pointon <[log in to unmask]> has made a claim about
Dickens's not moving out of
his marital bedroom and here repeats it. Perhaps someone wants to
charge him to prove it. (pjm)
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Patrick McCarthy
Sun, 6 Nov 2016 11:54:24 -0800
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

Scholarship of Dickens spreads wide. Here, thanks to Herb
Moskowitz, is an interesting example

of its breadth: (pjm)

Relief for Dickens museum as experts say portrait of writer's wife is
genuine

Tests show that painting by Irish artist Daniel Maclise is almost
entirely hidden under later overpainting

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/nov/02/charles-catherine-dickens-museum-experts-portrait-daniel-maclise

*X-ray and UV analysis has revealed the painting is genuine but almost
hidden under disastrous layers of later overpainting.*

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Patrick McCarthy
Sun, 30 Oct 2016 10:47:16 -0700
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

We have been asked by Emily Bowles <[log in to unmask]> to forward
the following
information about a Dickens conference of special interest. (pjm)
>
>
> Dear Patrick,
>
> Could you please share the registration information for this forthcoming
> conference? There are many DICKNS-L members speaking over the two days, and
> it promises to be an exciting collection of papers.
>
> Many thanks,
>
> Emily
>
> --
>
> It's just over a month until the 'After Dickens' conference gets underway!
> Supported by the British Association for Victorian Studies (BAVS):


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Patrick McCarthy
Sat, 22 Oct 2016 11:33:58 -0700
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Friends of the Dickens Forum.
> Ruth Richardson <[log in to unmask]>, always with us in mind, and herself alerted by any useful word
of 19th -century London, sends the following: (pjm)
>
>
>
> Forum members may like to know that Jerry White - author of a number of
> books on London - has just brought a biography of the Marshalsea
> prison: *Mansions
> of Misery*,published by Bodley Head - see here:
> https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/1098104/mansions-of-misery/
> Kind regards - Ruth R
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Patrick McCarthy
Mon, 10 Oct 2016 10:21:25 -0700
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Members of the Dickens Forum,

This message comes from around the horn, and is, as one says, nice work
if you can get it. PJM

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Dear Dickensians:

Please see the job notice below.

John
>
> *Subject:* *Fwd: Tenure-Track Position in 19th-Century British
> Literature at Stanford University*
>
>
>>
>>
>> Dear Colleagues:
>>
>> The English Department at Stanford is seeking to fill a tenure-track
>> position in nineteenth-century British literature. I am writing to
>> ask you to encourage your advanced Ph.D. students to apply, and to
>> help us identify any candidates of exceptional

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Patrick McCarthy
Thu, 6 Oct 2016 13:26:28 -0700
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

The following invitation from Courtney Mahaney <[log in to unmask]>
clearly embodies
a shift in emphasis for modern Victorian Studies. The title of the
forthcoming meetings, "Form and
Reform Conference" both embodies familiar areas of Victorian studies and
points (note the use of
"form") to new ones. The conference's position--adjunct to the the
Dickens Universe week, preceding
it--also shows that change is in the air. PJM
>
>
> Victorianists are invited to submit proposals for the upcoming Form and Reform Conference, to be held on the campus of UC Santa Cruz, on July 27-29, 2017. Please find

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Patrick McCarthy
Sat, 24 Sep 2016 17:41:18 -0700
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

Robert Patten <[log in to unmask]> writes with typical modesty and humor about
R.F. Delderfield's novel *God is an Englishman,* new, we dare say to
most of us. (pjm)
> Dear Patrick and all Dickensians,
>
> ‘Breathes there a man [woman] with soul so dead,
> S/he never to him[/her]self hath said’
> I ought to read R. F. Delderfield?
>
> I’m probably the last living Dickensian who didn’t know that Dickens plays a significant role in Delderfield’s novel God is an Englishman (1970). It’s a pretty good story (a bit wordy!) about an ex-soldier who

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Thu, 22 Sep 2016 10:33:44 -0700
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News: Lost Franklin expedition found: Lady Jane Franklin and
Dickens... Russell Potter
on: (pjm)
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Patrick McCarthy
Tue, 20 Sep 2016 10:58:33 -0700
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

This charming note from Georgia Darehshori
<[log in to unmask]> speaks once more of the

abiding love of far-flung Dickens lovers who do their best to spread
that love to a host of others: (pjm)

----

A riveting musical version of Charles Dickens’s “Great Expectations”
will be presented at the Blackpool Opera House in England from December
10, 2016 through January 7, 2017 . Peter Frosdick has assembled a
stellar cast for the UK premiere of this special production.

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Patrick McCarthy
Thu, 15 Sep 2016 19:38:16 -0700
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It is helpful to hear the name of that prodigy of work, George
Newlin: (pjm)
Author: Linda Rosewood <[log in to unmask]>

-------
>
>
> This is the author
>
> http://londonist.com/contributors/matt-brown
>
> He said he read all the novels to create his map. He could have also read
> "Everything in Dickens" by George Newlin, who has about 40 page about
> London, but it wouldn't have been as interesting as doing the research
> himself.
>
> Linda
>
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Patrick McCarthy
Thu, 15 Sep 2016 17:59:08 -0700
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

Grahame Smith <[log in to unmask]>, who misses precious
little, notes an error in the post on London in
the Dickens novels: (pjm)

-----
> Just one small criticism of Herb’s detailed piece. London does not, of course, ‘feature in all of his novels’, HARD TIMES being the sole exception.
>
> Grahame Smith (Emeritus Stirling)
>
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Patrick McCarthy
Wed, 14 Sep 2016 12:03:27 -0700
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

Lovers of London, lovers of Dickens in London: here is an
informative and apparently

well researched piece on the London locales of the Dickens novels. It
was sent to us by

Herb Moscovitz and did not include the name of the
author. (pjm)
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Patrick McCarthy
Mon, 12 Sep 2016 11:56:06 -0700
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Friends of the Dickens Forum.

Christine Huguet, long a Friend, makes a fascinating announcement
of interest to all active Dickensians: (pjm)
>
> Dear Patrick,
>
> This is a joint message from France and Spain. Prof Paul Vita
> (Saint-Louis U, Madrid) and myself would be very happy if Dickns-L
> members could be made aware of-- a new Dickens publication in Paris,
> /Unsettling Dickens: Process, Progress and Change/, ed. Christine
> Huguet and Paul Vita (Paris: Sagittaire, 2016)
>
> http://sagittaire.ca-et-la.fr/unsettling-dickens-process-progress-and-change.
>
> The volume is in English, as the table of contents pasted below
> indicates.

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Patrick McCarthy
Wed, 7 Sep 2016 17:40:42 -0700
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Grahame Smith <[log in to unmask]>, who has been a fine
critic of
Dickens movies, reports interestingly on a first-rate Dickens
dramatisation: (pjm)

Any DICKNS-LISTERS who are likely to be in Scotland in the near future
might like to know that a first-rate dramatisation of HARD TIMES is now
playing at the Pitlochry Festival Theatre. This is a seriously good
production in all departments, acting, staging, adaptation, costumes and
so on, and would be unlikely to disappoint those who are interested in
the transfer of Dickens’s novels to the stage. Pitlochry itself is a
well established and exciting

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Patrick McCarthy
Sun, 4 Sep 2016 19:25:03 -0700
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

Ruth Richardson <anatomyruth@gmail,com> first directed us to
Dickens's residence
near the workhouse of *Oliver Twist*, and now has more to say following
Michael
Allen's recent post: (pjm)
> Further to Michael Allen's splendidly detailed letter - I am absolutely
> delighted that even more material seems to be emerging about the importance
> of number 10 Norfolk Street for the Dickens family. In my Dickens & the
> Workhouse, I hypothesised that because the Dickens brothers William & John
> were raised in Marylebone, they may have known Mr Dodd from their
> schooldays, as

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Patrick McCarthy
Sat, 3 Sep 2016 12:01:01 -0700
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Details of Dickens's residence at 10 Norfolk Street keep being
discovered and put in context.
Michael John Allen <michaeljohnallen@btinternet>, a master at clarifying
how and by whom
its history transpired, has kindly brought us up to date on this
interesting matter: (pjm)
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Patrick McCarthy
Fri, 2 Sep 2016 11:29:07 -0700
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

Letter from Dan Calinescu, excerpted from communication of Herb
Moscovitz: (pjm)
> 48 Doughty Street is NOT the only remaining home of Dickens in London. The
> very first home Dickens had in London, when he was three and four years
> old, was at 10 Norfolk Street in Fitzrovia. That street is now called
> Cleveland Street and Dickens's former home is now numbered 22 Cleveland Street.
> That house is still standing where it was when Dickens lived there - not only
> once, but again when he was 17 and 18 years

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Patrick McCarthy
Wed, 24 Aug 2016 11:09:50 -0700
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Emily Bowles <[log in to unmask]> has sent this notice of a
conference at the University of
York: (pjm)
> ------------
> Dear Patrick,
>
> I hope the following will be of interest to Dickns-L members!
>
> Registration is now open for the 'After Dickens' conference, taking place
> at the University of York from 2nd-3rd December 2016. With keynotes from
> Professor Kamilla Elliott (Lancaster University) and Professor Juliet John
> (Royal Holloway) and papers on topics from theatrical adaptations of
> Dickens and* Christmas Carol *pop-up books to headless frogs in Dickens and
>

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Patrick McCarthy
Sun, 14 Aug 2016 13:28:37 -0700
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

Again this year, we are much indebted to the remarkable reporting of
Beth Penny who has given up any personal desires so as to
attend every important segment of the Dickens Universe at Santa Cruz,
take elaborate notes, and now pass on her
account to Dickensians. She has given to all of us a record of this
year's multiple activities, especially the talks, and caught
the changing critical approaches of each Universe. Wonderful! We feel
we had been able to attend. (pjm)
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Patrick McCarthy
Thu, 11 Aug 2016 12:37:08 -0700
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Dear friends of the Dickens Forum,

Susan Jirad sent this message a week or so ago, but we were so
dispirited by the
American political scene that we could not see the humor the post might
give to
others of you. Here's Susan [log in to unmask]: (pjm)
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Patrick McCarthy
Thu, 11 Aug 2016 11:32:44 -0700
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

We remember, don't we, Virginia Woolf's famous judgment of George
Eliot's *Middlemarch* as

a novel for adults? Now you will see that the Dickens Universe has made
a radical shift for its

choice of the Universe novel of 2017. The following note was sent to
faculty members of DP

of U. Santa Cruz, and it lets a wider audience know the procedure
whereby speakers for the

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Patrick McCarthy
Sat, 6 Aug 2016 11:31:54 -0700
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Diana Archibald <@uml.edu> issues a call for a symposium 11 months
hence on a fresh, modern

subject which should set us all thinking. (pjm)

dDescription: Charles Dickens - Project Gutenberg eText 13103.jpg**

*Call for Papers for the 22^nd Annual Dickens Symposium*

Theme:“Interdisciplinary Dickens”

July 14-16, 2017, College of General Studies, Boston University

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Patrick McCarthy
Sun, 31 Jul 2016 10:50:23 -0700
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Apologies! Perhaps not so much from us as from our computer which froze
last week while we were in the
midst of a discussion of monetary value in London during the early
1820's. Professor Robert Patten had
happily picked up matters as the crash came and lets us know just where
we were. Without further ado, and with thanks
for patience to all:
(pjm)

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Patrick McCarthy
Mon, 25 Jul 2016 12:40:55 -0700
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

The subject of comparative monetary values comes up more often than it
should. But thanks to Russell Potter for offering a corrective view: pjm
> Thanks, Patrick for this excellent article! I tend to agree with the author
> (and there are many equally harrowing tales to be found).
>
> But the amount of John Dickens's debt may not be accurate. I don't know
> where the £4,300 figure comes from, but I thought I might mention the group
> the excellent historical currency converter at "Measuring Worth":
>
> https://www.measuringworth.com/ppoweruk/
>
> It

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Patrick McCarthy
Mon, 25 Jul 2016 10:56:04 -0700
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Thanks to Herb Moscovitz and Edin Plevljakovic: (pjm)

/
/
**
*
America's inescapable debtor's prison*
[http://theweek.com/authors/sarah-marshall]
Sarah Marshall
<http://theweek.com/authors/sarah-marshall>
Is there any phrase more Dickensian than "debtor's prison"? The term
conjures the trappings of a lost epoch of society, as history has a way
of cobwebbing even prison walls enough to make them seem quaint. You
imagine dripping stone, piles of straw, perhaps some nice chains to rattle.

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Patrick McCarthy
Sun, 10 Jul 2016 15:50:25 -0700
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

Susan Jhirad has misunderstood our use of the word "ist" and
applied it to herself. We hasten
to disabuse her of her mistake. We were referring to labelers who have
a ready list
of terms ready-made for putting subjects under discussion. They are
famous for packing a subject into a
cookie-cutter of a classification which jams in or utterly cuts off
distinctive and differentiating elements
of a subject. The terms frequently, but not always, derive from
psychological or sociological sources.
That said, here's Susan
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Patrick McCarthy
Sat, 9 Jul 2016 10:57:08 -0700
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

We had worried a trifle that someone would quote from one or other
attempt by an -ist of
some sort or other to label Miss Wade. The fit would almost certainly
be awkward. Now
Robert Newsom <[log in to unmask]>, wary of such traps, sees Miss
Wade as
best compared to others of CD's characters: (pjm)
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Patrick McCarthy
Fri, 8 Jul 2016 11:26:22 -0700
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

Tony Pointon <[log in to unmask]> follows up on Susan
Jhirad's broaching
of a fascinating question:
(pjm)
> Susan Jhirad's comments on Miss Wade's history touch on something so often
> missed in Dickens: his deep psychological insight. With Miss Wade, he is
> dealing with a subject which was virtually taboo at the time, and remained
> so well into the second half of the twentieth century; it is not
> surprising, therefore, that he was cautious in his treatment of the topic,
> although he provides enough insight for those with eyes to see. If the


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Patrick McCarthy
Thu, 7 Jul 2016 17:05:09 -0700
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

We take it that Robert Tracy's textual question about the
Self-Tormentor has had
an answer. Now Susan Jhirad ([log in to unmask] net) asks a
question about the meaning of her
"history." Often raised, the query is worth raising again now: (pjm)

Not being a literary scholar, merely a close and ardent reader of
Dickens, I cannot answer your question. I do find, however, the "History
of a Self-Tormentor" one of the most curious and enigmatic pieces in all
of Dickens. Why give so much space, indeed a whole chapter and
narrative, to a character he apparently dislikes?

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Patrick McCarthy
Wed, 6 Jul 2016 19:25:45 -0700
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Berkeley's distinguished professor, Robert Tracy, asks a precise
bibliographical question
which requires particular and recent knowledge: (pjm)
>
>
> Dear Colleagues: Can anyone confirm that the Forster Dickens material in
> the V&A includes the proof sheets for Dickens's first version of what
> became "The History of a Self-Tormentor"? When Forster read the history in
> proof, where Dickens had written it as a prolonged SPEECH by Miss Wade, he
> persuaded Dickens to make it instead a WRITTEN NARRATIVE Miss Wade had
> specifically prepared for Arthur Clennam to read, the version

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Patrick McCarthy
Fri, 24 Jun 2016 10:55:34 -0700
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Friends of the Dickens Forum.

Thanks to Mitsu Matsuoka ([log in to unmask]), we have
the URL
of a lecture on Dickens and Wordsworth . Here are details:
(pjm)

On 6/23/2016 7:38 PM, Mitsu Matsuoka wrote:
> Dear Dickensians,
>
> Japan Dickens Fellowship held its annual spring conference at Kindai
> University, Osaka, on June 18. The conference contained three
> lectures, the last of which was delivered by Professor David Chandler
> (Doshisha University). The title of his lecture was "Some Features of
> Wordsworthian Autobiography--and Some Dickensian Applications". JDF
> makes it a rule to video-tape all research talks, lectures,

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Patrick McCarthy
Wed, 15 Jun 2016 13:14:35 -0700
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

Here is the URL of the e-journal *Erea,* graciously passed on to us
by John Jordan. At least two of our
favorite Dickens commentators are represented. But here is the busy and
always generous John: (pjm)
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Patrick McCarthy
Thu, 9 Jun 2016 13:34:11 -0700
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

Each of us has his own version of June 9, 1870 Certain details have
fixed themselves
in our memories, and they come to mind when we think of Dickens's death.
We happen to
recall a paragraph written by Dickens earlier that day. We are
aware--and others have so
cautioned us--not to read too much into it.

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Patrick McCarthy
Tue, 7 Jun 2016 13:31:58 -0700
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

This is an information memo for some and a reminder and alert for
others that the annual Dickens Universe
at U. of California is drawing near.

Some may not know that the Universe is a week-long summer
conference open to to all scholars, students,
and just Dickens admirers who gather to immerse themselves in the study
of a single Dickens novel in a week
of joyful, varied exchanges of like-minded people. Founded decades ago
by Professor John Jordan and two fellow professors,
it has over the years attracted thousands of people and made the
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Patrick McCarthy
Mon, 16 May 2016 12:27:20 -0700
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

We have heard Grahame Smith on the closing of the BBC's "Dickensian."
Edwin Plevljakovic appears
to agree with Professor Grahame and sends us a review which includes one
of the plummiest
passages from *Martin Chuzzlewit*: pjm
--------

On 5/16/2016 2:45 AM, Edin Plevljakovic wrote:
> Dear Prof. McCarthy,
> I might be one of the few out there who welcomed the news about the
> discontinuation of /Dickensian/ with a nod of approval, if not
> unabashed joy, rather than groans and boos. Three months ago, when we
> were fifteen or thereabouts episodes in,

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Patrick McCarthy
Fri, 13 May 2016 10:35:33 -0700
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

Although we knew of the BBC series, "Dickensian," written by the
creator of
"Eastenders," it seemed not to intersect in any serious way with the
concerns of
readers of Dickens. We are happy, however, to have the judgment of Grahame
Smith on the now discontinued series: pjm
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Patrick McCarthy
Mon, 9 May 2016 11:04:20 -0700
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

As you see, we have an invitation to submit an abstract to the
conference being conducted at
the beautiful York University late this year. PJM
___________________________________________________________________,
> The call for papers for 'After Dickens', to be held at the University of
> York from 2-3 December 2016, has just opened. Abstracts are due by 18th
> July - full details are below.
>
> I hope to see many of you there!
>
> Emily Bowles
>
> ---
>
>
> *After Dickens*
>
> *2-3 December 2016, University of York*
>
>
>


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Patrick McCarthy
Mon, 18 Apr 2016 14:13:09 -0700
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

Coming to us from Dickens Society Secretary-Treasurer, Diana
Archibald <[log in to unmask]>
is word of a musical "Pickwick"currently being made in England. Many of
the details are here provided.
To us, it is a most interesting project, which is being supported by a
number of active lovers of Dickens,
and we hope to follow its progress. (pjm)
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Patrick McCarthy
Mon, 11 Apr 2016 19:39:38 -0700
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

John Varese of the Dickens Project, UCSC, has involved himself
enthusiastically in encouraging
the reading of Dickens among young people at school. In the URL he
provides, we learn how the
teaching of *Dombey and Son* guided by a gifted teacher over several
months resulted in
a bang-up success for students and teacher.

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Mon, 11 Apr 2016 13:07:47 -0700
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

Here, thanks to Dan Calinescu <[log in to unmask]>, is another
unexpected precinct heard from
in the matter of the young reading Dickens: (pjm)

>
> Wonderful to see that CD is alive and very well - in this past weekend's 'Sunday Funnies'.
>
> http://www.gocomics.com/printable/nonsequitur/2016/04/10/
>
> Dan Calinescu,
> BOZ AND FRIENDS FINE AND RARE BOOKS,
> 350 Seneca Hill Dr., Suite 806,
> Toronto, Ontario,Canada, M2J 4S7,
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Patrick McCarthy
Mon, 11 Apr 2016 12:53:26 -0700
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

Lin-Manuel Miranda had caught our eye and interest, and Bob Patten
<[log in to unmask]> wants us all to know
what his NYT interview may mean to us, particularly the teachers:
(pjm0
-------

Dear Patrick,

For all those teachers who have to persuade their classes, and all the
students to have to be persuaded, that /A Tale of Two Cities/ or /Bleak
House/ is worth slogging through, here's a tribute to Dickens published
in the /New York Times Book Review/, 10 April 2016, p. 8, from
Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator and star of the Broadway smash hit, the


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Patrick McCarthy
Sat, 9 Apr 2016 19:28:55 -0700
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Tony Pointon <[log in to unmask]> suggests that Dickens
destroyed others'
letters to him in order to protect them. (PJM)

>
> When you see the interpretations and misinterpretations which people put on
> private letters in order to be interesting, it is easy to see why Dickens
> attempted to protect his friends by destroying their letters to him and why
> so may writers will say that Dickens destroyed "his" letters and imply that
> he was trying tio protect himself.
>
> Reading Florence Marryat's subsequent letters to Dickens, it seems she was
> much

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Patrick McCarthy
Wed, 6 Apr 2016 11:25:42 -0700
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

For the simple diversion of Dickns-ellers, we pass on this post
from Christine
Maiocco <[log in to unmask]>: (pjm)

>
> Patrick,
>
> I saw this review in The Washington Post and thought out group might be
> interested.
>
> http://wpo.st/4GYS1
>
>
> Christine Maiocco
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Patrick McCarthy
Tue, 5 Apr 2016 14:45:21 -0700
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Friends of the Dickns-l,

We have been sitting on two sources of information about Florence
Marryat (1838-99):
Google (photograph included) and John Sutherland's *Victorian Fiction*
(1989). The latter is
an astonishing piece of work, which synopsises 554 Victorian novels and
includes entries on 878
individual authors.

Florence Marryat had eight children by a T. Ross Church, a soldier
serving in India. In 1879 she
divorced Church to marry Captain Francis Lean, and then wrote "some
ninety works of fiction." She
was a formidable woman living as part of a productive novel writing
family whose father (Captain Frederick)
wrote endless fictions

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Patrick McCarthy
Mon, 4 Apr 2016 11:40:05 -0700
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

John Jordan <picasso@ucsc,edu> has asked us to forward the attached
announcement to Dickns-l. He writes:

"It's about what we call the 19th-Century Seminar--a way for
Victorianists, including interested graduate students or
independent scholars--to participate in the Dickens Universe even if
they're not from a Dickens Project Consortium school."

The Universe is always searching out ways to help Dickens scholars,
particularly young ones, as they find their way to contribute to
current Dickens scholarship. (pjm)

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Patrick McCarthy
Sat, 2 Apr 2016 17:55:03 -0700
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We had noted earlier that Dickens was known to send explanatory letters
to would-be contributors
to *ATYR*. Here Bob Davis <[log in to unmask]> calls attention
to a well-known
instance of such help: (pjm)
> Dear Bob Newsom, Patrick and all the Dickens-listers,
>
> While I agree with all the correspondents that Dickens probably had some
> reason to be a bit sharp in his reply to Ms. Marryat, he sometimes went to
> extremes in helping those close to him, e.g.:
>
> He recommended Frances Eleanor Trollope (née Ternan, sister of Ellen) to
> Thomas

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Patrick McCarthy
Fri, 1 Apr 2016 12:56:27 -0700
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What a resource the Pilgrim Letters are, all twelve volumes! There
are six references to
Florence Marryat (Mrs. Thomas Ross Church) from vols. seven to twelve.
A footnote begins,
"daughter of Capt. Frederick Marryat DNB (I, 339n)" and goes on,
"prolific novelist, playwright,
writer on spiritualism, actress and singer. Author of *Life and Letters
of Captain Marryat*, two
vols. 1872l; ed.*London Society,* a monthly magazine, 1872-6. Married etc."

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Fri, 1 Apr 2016 12:00:24 -0700
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

Hugh Macdougall <[log in to unmask]> warns us against judging
on two-little evidence.
Of course we agree, and in a subsequent post we will provide more
information about Florence
Marryat and CD's dealings with her: (pjm)

>
> Friends of the Dickens Forum,
>
> Unless I have missed something, which is entirely possible, the printed text of Dickens’ letter to Miss Marryat, and the messages commenting on it, do not contain the letter’s full text, or even all the text of the manuscript page used as an illustration to the article. If so, might it not be

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Fri, 1 Apr 2016 10:59:01 -0700
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

Tony Pointon <tony,[log in to unmask]> accuses The Daily Telegraph
of "denigrating" Dickens.
We realize that finding fault [especially with the later] Dickens is not
uncommon: (pjm)
>
>
> Marryat Letter.
>
> The newspaper, *daily Telegraph*, has had a principle of denigrating
> Dickens over a long period of time, often aided and abetted by people who
> should know better. One time they even published an erroneous piece which
> gratuitously harmed one of his living descendants.
>
> Reading the "Marryat letter", it has to be one of a sequence: (a) Miss
> Marryat

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Fri, 1 Apr 2016 10:47:42 -0700
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Friends of the Dickens Forum:,

Here Ruth Richardson <[log in to unmask]> re-imagines a
situation: (pjm)
>
>
> I think I am right in saying that Dickens answered testily to a *second*
> letter from Miss Marryat. He had already rejected her piece, when she asked
> for detailed reasons/help to improve it/editing... that's when he blew! He
> was under pressure, and couldn't be avuncular about every item sent in,
> especially if he thought it was poor stuff. A man who wrote so many books,
> wrote & edited so much journalism, had 2 or 3 households, ten? children,
>

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Fri, 1 Apr 2016 10:40:13 -0700
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Susan Jirad joins others of us in defending Dickens: (pjm)

>
>
> I agree! I know published writers, far less famous than Dickens, who are constantly barraged with queries for critiques, praise etc. from young authors. One can only imagine how many thousands of such requests Dickens received, and given his punishing schedule: writing, publishing magazines, raising kids, putting on plays, and charitable ventures, he must have felt totally overwhelmed. When we get overwhelmed, we all get a bit cranky.
> Susan Jhirad
>
> From: Patrick McCarthy
> Sent: Thursday, March 31, 2016

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Fri, 1 Apr 2016 10:32:48 -0700
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Friends of the Dickens Forum.

The following post from Robert Newsom <[log in to unmask]>
has--bewilderingly--
chosen to reach some Dickns-ellers and not others. To iron out the
wrinkle we are re-sending
Bob's post with a nod to the cybernetic gods.

By the by, four others of you have sent posts not yet
distributed. We will get your thoughts on the
way in short order. (pjm)

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Thu, 31 Mar 2016 10:37:23 -0700
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

Grahame Smith <[log in to unmask]> Joins Robert Newsom, et al.,
in not finding Dickens's response
out of order. (pjm)
>
>
> Dickens’s response seems to me entirely reasonable. How on earth could he be expected to edit and also offer constructive advice for an evidently unsuitable piece of writing? What a cheek, I’d say, on the part of the contributor.
>
> Grahame Smith Stirling (Emeritus)
>
>
>> On 30 Mar 2016, at 18:38, Patrick McCarthy <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>
>> Friends of the Dickens Forum,
>>
>> The circumstances around the writing of a newly

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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

The circumstances around the writing of a newly discovered letter
are being guessed at in the
following newspaper article. Fortunately some of Dickens's writing is
included, and we can wait
to learn what occasioned the letter.

We recall accounts of would-be contributors to CD's periodicals
boasting to friends that they
"had received a letter from HIM." In short, receiving an explanatory
turn-down from CD was
usually much valued by the writer.
(pjm)

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Mon, 28 Mar 2016 15:17:54 -0700
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

We remain gobsnatched at the ultra-remarkable persistency and devotion
of Professor
John Jordan in following through the full round of yearly Dickens
Project activities. Here
he reports again, never mentioning such concerns as the strain on
himself: (pjm)

Subject: a successful winter conference at UC Davis

Honorable Dickensians:

I've just returned from the Dickens Project's graduate student
conference at UC Davis and want to thank all those who contributed to
making it a success, including our hosts, Kathleen Fredrickson and Liz
Miller, and especially the graduate student organizer at Davis, Michael
Martel, who did a

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Mon, 28 Mar 2016 15:05:06 -0700
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

Thanks to Diana Archibald <[log in to unmask]> for forwarding the
following:
(pjm)
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Patrick McCarthy
Sat, 26 Mar 2016 16:08:26 -0700
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

From Sean Grass <[log in to unmask]> comes an invitation to
submit a paper for a panel
for a conference in St. Louis in November:
(pjm)
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Patrick McCarthy
Thu, 24 Mar 2016 13:14:28 -0700
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

Diana Archibald <[log in to unmask]> is spicing the Dickens
Society with word
of its doings. (Do not miss the strawberries in
Rejkavik!) (pjm)
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Patrick McCarthy
Fri, 11 Mar 2016 16:49:09 -0800
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

Robert Tracy <rtracy@berkeley,edu> likes to put words in context:
(pjm)
>
>
> Dear Colleagues: In context, Eugene describes "our friend" as living on a
> bland invalid diet, until his doctor told him he could eat more interesting
> food. When he did so, a leg of mutton soon finished him off. "Daygo" is, as
> Don Cox points out, the ending of the day, sunset, sundown. Here it seems
> to be "our friend's" death, that "dying of the light" that Dylan Thomas
> urges us to "rage, rage" against.
> Robert Tracy


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Fri, 11 Mar 2016 16:28:45 -0800
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[log in to unmask] remembers OMF's "daygo" from another source: (pjm):
> It occurs in some dinner chit chat at the Veneerings, when Eugene is trying to remember some sort of limerick that he heard but can't quite get it. So "daygo" could be complete nonsense supposedly "rhyming" with "Tobago" (mispronounced "tobaygo"). I'm sure that when I read past it, it was because I took it as a nonsense word. But who knows.
>
> Here's a web referenced to it in a miserably formatted HTML copy of some book about limericks from 1944:
>
> http://www.horntip.com/html/books_&_MSS/1940s/1944_the_limerick_a_facet_of_our_culture_%28HC%29/index.htm
>


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Fri, 11 Mar 2016 16:18:47 -0800
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

Robert Newsom <Robert [log in to unmask]> finds "daygo" in a
reference we wish we had: (pjm)
> Answer from Michael Cotsell's Companion to OMF:
>
> http://bit.ly/1pkYrxR
>
> Cotsell says it's a garbled version of "Tobago" in an old nursery rhyme:
>
> There was an old man of Tobago
> Who lived on rice, gruel, and sago;
> Till, much to his bliss,
> His physician said this-
> To a leg, sir, of mutton you may go.
>
>
> On Fri, Mar 11, 2016 at 12:19 PM, Patrick McCarthy <
> [log in to unmask]> wrote:


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Fri, 11 Mar 2016 16:09:18 -0800
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12:38
Friends of the Dickens Forum,

Here is Don Richard Cox responding to Gail Houston's question about the
OMF word "daygo." (pjm)
> Fred Levit, in A Dickens Glossary for American Readers, glosses this very
> passage, stating that "daygo" is the going of the day---the end of the day.
> I'm not certain that completely clarifies the passage for me, however.
>
>
>
> drc
>
>
>
> Don Richard Cox
>
> _________________________
>
> <mailto:[log in to unmask]> [log in to unmask]
>
>
>
> From: Charles Dickens Forum [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of
> Patrick McCarthy
> Sent: Friday, March

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Fri, 11 Mar 2016 12:19:36 -0800
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

Gail Turley Houston has come across a word in OMF which, in our
young street days used to be a racial slur: (pjm)
>
>
> Dear Colleagues: I'm trying to find the meaning of a slang term in Dickens's OMF: In chapter two, book 1, Eugene is discussing the gossip re the dead man and says: "'Except,' Eugene strikes in: so unexpectedly that the mature young lady, who has forgotten all about him, with a start takes the epaulette out of his way: 'except our friend who long lived on rice-pudding and isinglass, till

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Patrick McCarthy
Fri, 4 Mar 2016 19:32:23 -0800
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Friends of the Dickns-l,

Our apologies to Michael Eaton <[log in to unmask]> who sent
this message some ten days
or so ago and failed to see it from your hampered editor . We are
interested in the continuing re-workings
of GE: (pm)
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Patrick McCarthy
Mon, 29 Feb 2016 12:20:17 -0800
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

Through the good offices of Edin Plevjadkvic and Herb Moscovitz, we are
pleased to pass on this
excerpt from *The Daily Telegraph* about a club founded in imitation of
Mr. Pickwick's, whose papers
are to be auctioned off. Details of what the club discussed are most
interesting to one interested in
radical politics in the disturbed early days on the 1840's.

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Patrick McCarthy
Wed, 24 Feb 2016 10:39:40 -0800
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

This announcement is self-explanatory. It comes from Joanna Rottke,
executive secretary of the
Dickens Project at U.C. Santa Cruz:
(pjm)
> Attention K-12 teachers! Applications are now being accepted for “Charles Dickens: Hard Time and A Tale of Two Cities,” a four-week Summer Seminar supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Directed by Prof. Marty Gould, the seminar will be held at UC Santa Cruz, home of the Dickens Project. The seminar begins Sunday, 3 July 2016 and ends Friday, 29 July 2016.
>
> The application deadline is 1 March 2016. Time

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Patrick McCarthy
Wed, 10 Feb 2016 10:29:15 -0800
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

We freely admit that we have been charmed and a bit flattered by
the following post
sent to us by a master salesman, David Chandler. We have not the
smallest notion as
to the merits of the operatic enterprise based on *Pickwick Papers*, so
enthusiastically
promoted here. But we found our purist self quite taken in and pass Mr.
Chandler's
post along to you with a smile and shrug: (pjm)

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Patrick McCarthy
Tue, 9 Feb 2016 11:47:54 -0800
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Susan Jhirad has an addendum to her recent post: (pjm)
>
>
> A further note: Dickens was generally sympathetic to the relatively few “fallen women” in his novels, like Martha in David Copperfield, and of course we all know his devoted work to the Urania Cottage project with Angela Burdett-Coutts. (I had the privilege of reading some of his heartfelt letters to former prostitutes at the Morgan Museum in New York). He was far less sympathetic to “panderers” like Ralph Nickleby, who uses his niece Kate to attract rich business associates and attempts to

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Patrick McCarthy
Mon, 8 Feb 2016 16:28:46 -0800
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Susan Jhirad responds to Karen Ellery's modest post: (pjm)
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Patrick McCarthy
Mon, 8 Feb 2016 13:14:15 -0800
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On 2/8/2016 9:43 AM, Fred Guida wrote:
Friends of the Dickens Forum,

Fred Guida <[log in to unmask]> gives us news about the
re-publication of a book by Edward Wagenknecht, a distinguished
Dickensian whom we have admired. If Wagenknecht was wrong about the
relationship of CD and Nelly Ternan, so too were many
of us: (pjm)

> Hello Professor,
>
> The following is submitted for publication on the Dickens Forum:
>
> As I'm sure many will remember, the late Edward Wagenknecht was one of
> the most distinguished and prolific literary critics and scholars of
> the twentieth century. He was

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Patrick McCarthy
Mon, 8 Feb 2016 12:56:50 -0800
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

Karen Ellery <[log in to unmask]> has been pondering a
subject which
she wonders may be old hat: (pjm)
--------

Subject: Venality & Sex: Thoughts for a Cold Monday

Fortunately I am past the point in life where I have to worry about
writing papers anymore,
but it occurs to me that there is quite a good bit of material on
women selling themselves—
or being sold—in Dickens. From Nancy in OT, to Edith Granger in D&S, to
Kate in NN, there
seems to be some pretty explicit reference to marketing women in one
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Patrick McCarthy
Sat, 6 Feb 2016 15:45:25 -0800
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

Over the years of Dickens Forum, we have been almost studiously
neglectful of the many reworkings of
Dickens material as they appear in versions modest or grand. In recent
months we have heard much of a
twenty-part television series called "Dickensian" still currently
viewable on BBC 1. A team of writers, headed by
Tony Jordan, has hit upon the idea of creating a new plot in which the
roles are played by famed Dickens characters
who remain as Dickens personalities as we know them but now act in a
linked story and so to speak,

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Patrick McCarthy
Tue, 2 Feb 2016 12:53:56 -0800
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

Our long-time friend and admirable Dickensian, Robert Newsome
<[log in to unmask]> has forwarded
a fascinating essay on dying in Dickens and other novelists. The
selection of modern novels which the author
selects is of necessity arbitrary. Thank you, Bob:
(pjm)
---------
>
>
> Interesting piece in today's NYTimes Science section about the dreams of
> the dying
>
> http://nyti.ms/1NOEtiP
>
> which led me to this:
>
> http://www.lifeissues.net/writers/kol/kol_25death.html
>
> featuring a good deal about Dickens's death scenes.
>
>
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Patrick McCarthy
Mon, 1 Feb 2016 11:19:55 -0800
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

Should anyone consider writing an account of the history of
Dickens's reception in Australia, or anyone with curiosity about
the subject will enjoy reading this note forwarded to us by Herb
Moscovitz: (pjm)
---------

The impact of Charles Dickens' novels in Australia

Monday 20 July 2015 2:12PM
*Ros Bluett*

http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/earshot/the-impact-of-charles-dickens-novels-in-australia/6629032
Charles Dickens
<http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/earshot/image/6629030>*Image:*
Charles Dickens' writing communicated English ideas and 'Englishness'
but what did the new colonialists in Australia think of the writer's
ideas? (Photo by Jeremiah Gurney/Heritage Auction Gallery. Licensed
under Public Domain
<http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/earshot/image/6629030>via
Wikimedia Commons
<https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Dickens_Gurney_head.jpg#/media/File:Dickens_Gurney_head.jpg>)

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Patrick McCarthy
Wed, 6 Jan 2016 10:44:42 -0800
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On 1/4/16 8:28 PM, Joanna Rottke wrote:
> Patrick:
>
> I'd like to focus attention on an upcoming NEH Summer Seminar for School Teachers, sponsored by the Dickens Project, funded by NEH, and directed by Prof. Marty Gould (Univ. of South Florida). Marty has directed several successful 4-week Summer Seminars for us and we're looking forward to this one, titled "Dickens: Hard Times and A Tale of Two Cities," taking place on the beautiful UCSC campus during the month of July.
>
> Taking an interdisciplinary, cultural-studies approach to literature, this NEH Summer Seminar considers Hard Times and A

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Patrick McCarthy
Sun, 3 Jan 2016 19:20:37 -0800
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

It may well have escaped your notice that in his wide-ranging
announcement about his summer's Dickens
Forum, Professor John Jordan buried an announcement recognizing both the
wide university success of the
U.C. Santa Cruz Dickens Project and the truly remarkable leadership of
the project and whole-hearted
commitment of Professor John Jordan.

The announcement merits a full-length account of what the Project has
accomplished in its annual
week-long "Dickens Universes" at Santa Cruz and participation in Dickens
conferences as far away as
France, Italy, South Africa and Israel. His leadership has expressed
itself at all times

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Patrick McCarthy
Sun, 3 Jan 2016 10:24:21 -0800
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

Apart from our Dickens books for the nones, we thank the estimable
Herb Philly for finding and
sending on these still fresh and spiritedly optimistic words of the
Inimitable: (pjm)
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Patrick McCarthy
Sat, 2 Jan 2016 12:14:33 -0800
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

Fellow Dickns-Eller and scholar Harland Nelson has directed us to an
article of a particular
cast, the importance of geography and the final plates of OLIVER TWIST.
Ruth Richardson has
a unique ability to see through detailed geographical fact to the
historical importance of a site.
In identifying the locus of Oliver's workhouse she has brought alive the
London area west
of the British Museum and Tottenham Court Road. Geographical sites for
her become historical
stages. Here's Harland:
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Patrick McCarthy
Thu, 31 Dec 2015 15:23:45 -0800
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-------- Forwarded Message --------
Subject: Edgar Rosenberg
Date: Thu, 31 Dec 2015 12:26:45 -0500
From: [log in to unmask]
To: Patrick McCarthy <[log in to unmask]>

Dear Patrick,

I would be most grateful if you were to circulate the following:

It is with the greatest regret and sadness I pass on the news of the
death of Edgar Rosenberg on 19 December 2015. Edgar died peacefully at
home, following a brief period of hospitalization with lung cancer.
Edgar was loved and respected by Dickens scholars all over the world
and he will be greatly missed.

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Patrick McCarthy
Thu, 24 Dec 2015 16:52:42 -0800
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Frends of the Dickens Forum,

The Dickens Project,, which gave us the impetus to begin, sends a
well-timed
end-of-year message to its enthusuasts: Thank you, John Jordan!
(pjm)
=========
On 12/10/15 4:00 AM, Dickens Project wrote:
> Current Dickens Project news
>

> <http://us2.campaign-archive2.com/?u=91cfb3c438b00a7a699702fa7&id=000422865d&e=3c389caa37>
>
>
> 2016 Dickens Universe
>
> Registration
> <http://ucsc.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=91cfb3c438b00a7a699702fa7&id=a515a86a34&e=3c389caa37>
> is open! Our featured book this summer is the marvelous */Dombey and
> Son/*. Faculty and graduate students should plan to arrive on
> Saturday, July 30, while the public should check-in on *Sunday, July
> 31*. We finish festivities on Friday, with departures

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Mon, 21 Dec 2015 17:12:46 +0000
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Dear List Members,
Please share this CFP with your colleagues and graduate students. We are especially eager to bring in junior faculty and graduate students working on Dickens with connections to either Thomas or Jane Carlyle. And I hope very much that some of you consider submitting a proposal as well! The deadline for submissions has been extended to February 15, 2016.

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Patrick McCarthy
Sun, 20 Dec 2015 09:38:05 -0800
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

This is dreadful, The following message reached us too late to be
usefully passed on to you. Fortunately there is a URL that will rescue
the day. It comes from our long-time
Dickens-Eller Karen Ellery. Please excuse the small type-font. We are
using an unfamiliar computer: (pjm)

Just a note to let you know that I've got another radio show coming up
tomorrow morning, Sunday 12/20, at 10 am Central time (11 am Eastern/8
am Pacific). It's an hour-long show called "Dickens & Christmas: Past,
Present, & Future." I wrote it & will be reading

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Fri, 27 Nov 2015 19:43:35 -0800
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Friends f the Dickens Forum,
> John Danza <[log in to unmask]> notes an error: (pjm)
>
>
> Patrick,
>
> I believe that November 12th is the date of her death, not her birth.
>
> John Danza
>
> ----- Original Message -----
>
> From: "Patrick McCarthy" <[log in to unmask]>
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Sent: Wednesday, November 11, 2015 1:50:55 PM
> Subject: Gaskell: November 12
>
> Friends,
>
> A note from Mitsu...
>
> Elizabeth Gaskell's birthday is November 12.
>
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Patrick McCarthy
Thu, 26 Nov 2015 14:19:19 -0800
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Friends of the Dickens Form,

Herb Moscovitz thanks Michael Patrick Hearn for this post which, at
some points, not only speaks of the great production of NN
featuring Roger Rees, but also casts light on the novel: (pjm)
> On
> The late Roger Rees, who won a Tony Award for his performance in _The Life
> and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby_
>
> 1981 - Leon Rubin - The Nicholas Nickleby Story
> On Victorian sensibilities
> Roger Rees became obsessed with the fact that the Victorians used long
> tablecloths to cover up the tables completely, so that

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Wed, 25 Nov 2015 13:44:06 -0800
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Friends of the dickns-l,

Dickens continues to provide challenges to his imaginative
admirers. Here is Joanna Robinson
<[log in to unmask]>:
--------
> Hello everyone,
>
>
> This is my first email to the list, so I hope this works!
>
>
> A few months ago, I produced a version of Dickens's Is She His Wife? or, Something Singular! staged at King's College London and the Charles Dickens Museum. Someone was kind enough to notify the Dickens List about the play on my behalf, and - just in case anyone had been interested but had not been able to attend -

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Friends,

A note from Mitsu...

Elizabeth Gaskell's birthday is November 12.
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Patrick McCarthy
Wed, 11 Nov 2015 11:44:57 -0800
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

The following announcement comes from Mitsu Mitsuoka
<[log in to unmask]>,
one of the most generous, long-involved, and broadly interested of
Dickens-ellers. It is a pleasure
to forward word that Dickens-Gaskell studies is being broadened:
(pjm)
>
>
> Dear all,
>
> Numerous middle-class literary figures of the time, including Dickens
> and Gaskell, would feel their own power base undermined if they did not
> defend the socio-economic status quo as a necessary evil, without which
> a second French Revolution would plunge Victorian England into chaos and
> confusion. Does anyone there know any Victorian

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Patrick McCarthy
Sat, 31 Oct 2015 12:52:14 -0700
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

Professor Newsom <[log in to unmask]> puts the note of
Christine Maiocco
in a larger context: (pjm)
-------
>
>
> Variations on this tune have been played many times before:
>
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_1900_House
>
> On Fri, Oct 30, 2015 at 10:57 AM, Patrick McCarthy <
> [log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
>> Friends of the Dickens Forum
>>
>> Perhaps because we are skeptical about such things (and not an
>> operative at BBC), we pass on this
>> message from Christine Maiocco <[log in to unmask]> with some
>> hesitation:
>> --------
>>
>>
>> Dickns-ellers, ,
>>
>> I'm

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Friends of the Dickens Forum

Perhaps because we are skeptical about such things (and not an
operative at BBC), we pass on this
message from Christine Maiocco <[log in to unmask]> with some hesitation:
--------

Dickns-ellers, ,

I'm looking forward to following this fascinating experiment and thought
members of our group might also be interested.

http://www.walltowall.co.uk/casting/new-bbc-living-history-series-is-looking-for-people-to-move-into-the-victorian-east-end_975.aspx

Enjoy,

Christine Maiocco
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Patrick McCarthy
Mon, 26 Oct 2015 11:48:24 -0700
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

We continue to be struck by the vitality of interest in Dickens and
his world. Today, we are pleased to pass along a copy
of the Newsletter of the Aberdeen Branch of the Dickens Fellowship. It
begins with a piece on Dickens's Scottish connections.
These include, first of all, Catherine Dickens and her family, then Sir
Walter Scott, John Black, Angus Fletcher, and Thomas Carlyle:

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Mon, 26 Oct 2015 11:21:54 -0700
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

Sean Grass sends a reminder to Dickensians including members of the
Dickens Society:
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Patrick McCarthy
Wed, 21 Oct 2015 18:02:19 -0700
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

The thread begun by Michael Allen (see below) has mutated somewhat so
that the bicycling
aspect has been changed and the notion of a Pickwick Club introduced.
Robert Davis
<[log in to unmask]> makes his claim for the Dorchester
Pickwick Club, founded in
1855: (pjm)

>
> Dear Patrick:
>
> I take note of Bob Tracy's fascinating note on the Pickwick Cycling Club,
> but would like to add a correction to the claim that it was the first
> organization to celebrate our great author, having been founded in 1870. I
> have in my possession

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Mon, 19 Oct 2015 11:32:04 -0700
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

Julian Crowe <[log in to unmask]> considers a likelihood, suggests
we look at an article in *All the Year Round,* and uncovers a Velocipede
Club! (pjm)

>
> It's hard to believe that Dickens could have kept quiet about it if he had
> tried riding a bicycle. Could it be that it wasn't Dickens himself who was
> taught by "the person" referred to but the author of the witty article
> "Riding For Health" in AYR 9 October 1869? See
>
>
> http://www.djo.org.uk/all-the-year-round/volume-ii-new-series/page-444.html
>
> Incidentally, the (bicycling) Pickwick Club may not have been the

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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

Robert Tracy <[log in to unmask]> has looked into the Pickwick
Bicycling Club
for us: (pjm)

>
> Dear Friends:
> See Wikipedia for the Pickwick Bicycling Club, founded in
> Hackney on 22 June 1870, 13 days after Dickens's death. It is indeed the
> oldest cycling club in the world, and also the oldest organization to be
> named after Dickens.There is a photo of the six founders with their
> "Penny-farthings." Like the Pickwickians, members had and still have a club
> uniform which has changed over the years: currently they wear straw
> boaters,

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Mon, 19 Oct 2015 11:10:12 -0700
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

John Danza <jdanza<wideopenwest.com> looks into the likelihood of
whether Dickens rode a bicycle: (pjm)

>
> Dear Patrick,
>
> I think it’s highly unlikely that Dickens rode a bicycle. According to a few different bicycle history sites, one of which is associated with The Smithsonian, the addition of pedals on to a two-wheeled “velocipede” didn’t happen until 1863 in Paris. With the way Dickens liked to walk, I’m not seeing Dickens adopting this new invention. Nothing scientific about that, but I think likely.
>
>
> All the best,
>
> John Danza
>


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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

The thought of Dickens on a whirling bicycle has set off the minds
of several Dickns-ellers
delighted with the thought. Ruth Richardson <anatomyruth@gmail>
prescinds from the question
that the story may not be true and simply enjoys herself.
(pjm)

>
> GLORIOUS! I can just see Mr Dickens on his bike, hollering & whooping with
> delight, in his white suit & hat, dogs barking and everyone laughing as he
> whizzes down Gads Hill !
> O how I wish we had all been there!
> Thank-you, Michael Allen, for this delightful glimpse of

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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

The book Michael Allen refers to was first published in 1891 and is
described as "Personal Reminisces of
the'Inimitable Boz' with More than a Hundred Illustrations by F.G.
Kitton and Other Artists." It is one of those books
we came across early in our lives, glanced at, and dismissed as trivia.
Leave it to Michael Allen to look at it carefully
and find an interesting and fresh detail:
<[log in to unmask]> (pjm)

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Once a birder, always a birder-- to however small a degree. Harry
Moscovitz passed this on to us.
If the legend on the tombstone does not come through, perhaps the Rare
Book Department of the
Philadelphia Free Library will be of assistance.
(pjm)
> *REMEMBERING DICK, THE BEST OF BIRDS*
> RARE BOOK DEPARTMENT OF THE PHILADELPHIA FREE LIBRARY
> Perhaps you are already familiar with Grip, Charles Dickens' beloved
> pet raven, now making his taxidermied home here in the Rare Book
> Department. But Grip, in all his stuffed glory, tends to overshadow


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It is not only modestly gratifying but also an aid for fellow
Dickensians to have your work
known. Here Clare Horrocks <[log in to unmask]> and a colleague
urge us to
cooperate: (pjm)
>
>
> Colleagues,
> It is that time of the year when Kim and I are collating the Bibliography for the Dickens Quarterly. Could people please forward us notifications of publications and/or project that have been published between April and September 2015?
> With thanks
Clare Horrocks and Kim Edwards Keates
[Liverpool John Moores University]<http://www.ljmu.ac.uk/>

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Tue, 13 Oct 2015 09:20:20 -0700
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Sean Grass <[log in to unmask]> has an announcement for all
Dickensians: (pjm)

Call for Papers: Dickens Society panel at the Nineteenth-Century Studies
Association (NCSA)

Abstracts due November 1, 2015

Conference April 13-16, 2016 in Lincoln, NE

The Dickens Society is pleased to invite abstracts for a special session
on Charles Dickens at the 2016 NCSA Conference in Lincoln, NE. The theme
for the NCSA meeting is “The New and the Novel in the 19^th Century /
New Directions in 19^th -century Studies.” In other words, it is tailor
made for scholars of Dickens, the self-proclaimed “Inimitable” of


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Thu, 8 Oct 2015 16:35:37 -0700
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Tony Pointon <[log in to unmask]> asks a question about a
letter sent to Thomas
Wright of Olney by "Reverend Canon Williams." A letter was sent by Rev.
William (later Canon)
Benham to Wright which is one part of the string of evidence in the
history of the Dickens-Ternan
relationship, Claire Tomalin's fine rehearsal of the whole range of
evidence, *The Invisible Woman, The Story of Nelly
Ternan and Charles Dickens" thinks that Wright handled the letter "with
great discretion for many years." (236)
She also suggests it unlikely that two respectable men would concoct
evidence about the

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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

The following post, from [log in to unmask], Is an addendum to
our post
on Miriam Margolyes' "Dickens in America." (pjm)
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Sat, 3 Oct 2015 17:57:52 -0700
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

When possible, Dickns-l makes its posts succinct. Here, thanks to
our good friend Herb Moscovitz,
we have on hand possibly the longest post we have had. It is detailed
to the nines and rich in the
energy and enthusiasm of the inimitable Miriam Margolyes. It will not be
to everyone's taste, but
others will enjoy it thoroughly:
(pjm)
> */DICKENS IN AMERICA
> /10th ANNIVERSARY*
> /It has been ten years since Miriam Margolyes's program,/ Dickens in
> America /was aired by the BBC. /
> //
> /In ten episodes, each a half hour

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Sat, 3 Oct 2015 17:45:40 -0700
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As we heard from Professor Robert Patten during the centenary of
Dickens's birth, London's Dickens Museum was extensively
refurbished. Now, through the Dickens Fellowship, word comes that this
physical center of London Dickens, rich in Dickens's
memorabilia and scholarly materials, has a new director. Ad multos
annos! (pjm)
>
> It has been announced that Dr Cindy Sughrue OBE has been appointed to
> be the Director of the Charles Dickens Museum at 48 Doughty Street in
> succession to Rob Moye. Most recently Dr Sughrue has been Chief
> Executive and Executive Producer with

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Fri, 18 Sep 2015 19:56:26 -0700
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

Beth Penney, assiduous as always, has sent us a full account of this year's
Dickens Universe meting at U.C. Santa Cruz. We forward it to you as an
attachment.

One tiny correction that we could not get to. Rob Polhemus is at
Stanford not
Berkeley as is stated in the final page or two of the report.

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It would be a pleasure to live in London next week and be able to
attend the following performance and symposium. (pjm)

Is She His Wife? or, Something Singular!

*Thursday 17th of September 2015 - Friday 18th of September 2015

King’s College London and the Charles Dickens Museum*

Although not usually remembered as a dramatist, Dickens wrote several
plays, including the one-act comedy /Is She His Wife? or, Something
Singular!/ In staging this diverting play, we aim to recreate the style,
music, and performance techniques of Dickens’s early theatricals as
closely as possible.

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Patrick McCarthy
Mon, 7 Sep 2015 12:19:38 -0700
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

It seems to us that calls for papers (CFP) keep getting
increasingly early for a proposed event. Here we have six weeks for a
conference to convene
ten months hence..... This to our knowledge is the first Dickens
conference to be held in Reykjavik, an attractive place which we were told
has an average mean temperature comparable to Boston's. It may be easy
to confuse this call with the one just sent: it is for a place in a
panel in
Hartford, Connecticut and the topic for the panel differs from this one.
(pjm)
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Patrick McCarthy
Mon, 7 Sep 2015 12:18:45 -0700
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

We have had two calls for papers from the Dickens Society. The
first, below, is to be part of a Dickens panel
In the Northeast MLA convention to be held in Hartford, March 17-20.
The second is for a Dickens Society gathering
in Reykjavik in July. That call will be forwarded immediately following
this one. (pjm)
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Patrick McCarthy
Fri, 4 Sep 2015 11:31:57 -0700
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

Michael Slater <[log in to unmask]>, to whom every
Dickensian is indebted, responds to Professor Tracy's post
(see below): (pjm)
> Dear Patrick,
>
> I am delighted to come to the aid of Professor Tracy whose wonderful DSA essays on Dickens’s changing modes and styles of writing in successive novels were so very helpful and enlightening to me when I was attempting a life of Dickens intended to focus above all on him as a writer. I have a copy of the Supplement to the Christmas Windsor of 1934 on my shelves and see that I have

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Wed, 2 Sep 2015 15:33:52 -0700
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Berkeley's Robert Tracy adds an interesting note to what we have
been reading about
Dickens's interest in and knowledge of cricket. We do not have a copy
of Charley's
"Reminiscences," but in Robert Gottlieb's *Great Expectations: The Sons
and Daughters
of Charles Dickens* (2012) Charley's daughter Mary Angela tells that
"He [her father]
was a lover of cricket and our field [at Gad' Hill] was always at the
service of the village
club." A love of cricket has been passed on. Here is Professor
Tracy: (pjm)
>
>
> Dear colleagues: I remember but cannot

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Tue, 1 Sep 2015 16:58:02 -0700
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

Kale Kishor <[log in to unmask]> writes, "Since the subject has
come up, do listmembers have any comments about any of Thackeray's
novels other than *Vanity Fair*? Perhaps they can contact me off-list,
if so?"
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Patrick McCarthy
Sat, 29 Aug 2015 16:21:58 -0700
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It came as a distinct shock to us to read in the introduction to
the notes for Harvard's exhibit dedicate to William Makepeace Thackeray
that the man who was for years considered a rival to Dickens is now
largely forgotten. Not so in our palmy days when great scholars like
N.Y.U.'s Gordon Ray edited four volumes of Thackeray's letters and wrote
a superb two-volume biography of the distinguished Victorian man of
letters. Ray was a close friend of Kathleen Tillotson and the reborn
scholarship on Dickens, signalled first of all by the Pilgrim Letters,
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Thu, 27 Aug 2015 11:07:38 -0700
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On 8/26/2015 2:31 PM, [log in to unmask] wrote:
Friends of the Dickens Forum,

We pass this on, dear friends, not for its succinctness or
orderliness, or for its important bearing on the quality of Dickens's
mind,
but as the most complete listing of references to cricket in Dickens.
Some of it you will find amusing, of course: (With thanks
to Harry Moscovitz.) (pjm)
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Tue, 25 Aug 2015 13:19:04 -0700
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

The history of Dickens's famous raven, Gip, gets it most detailed
account in Lucinda Hawksley's
article forwarded to us by Herb Moscovitz: (Yes, Poe's raven gets its
place.)

> **
> **
> *THE MYSTERIOUS TALE OF
> CHARLES DICKENS'S RAVEN*
> http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20150820-the-mysterious-tale-of-charles-dickenss-raven
>
> Charles Dickens’s beloved pet raven not only inspired the author but
> other great artists. Lucinda Hawksley tells the story of a charismatic
> bird.
>
> * By Lucinda Hawksley
>
> 20 August 2015In 2012, the Tower of London welcomed two new
> inhabitants: a pair of ravens

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Mon, 3 Aug 2015 16:28:05 -0700
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Friend of the Dickens Forum,

Dan Calinisescu <[log in to unmask]> first came to our notice
when the late--and much missed--
David Parker wrote to us in praise of his bibliographical knowledge.
Here he confirms what we have already
learned from Robert Newsom and Dominic Rainsford about the Durrant
recreation of the original numbers
0f *David Copperfield.* Thank you.
(pjm)

> Greetings -
>
> What a wonderful opportunity to get hold of DAVID COPPERFIELD - one of the most notoriously difficult Dickens novel to obtain in its original parts - and for a very reasonable cost to boot. At this time, I

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Sat, 1 Aug 2015 20:13:34 -0700
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Robert Newsom <[log in to unmask]> confirms the praise Dominic
Rainsford gives Durrant's facsimile edition of the original numbers of
*David
Copperfield* and puts in a modern context the price being asked for: (pjm)
------
> I can affirm that Durrant's facsimile really does put in your hands
> something that has the feel and look of the real thing. I was particularly
> impressed by the sewn binding and the color of the wrappers. And the pages
> are uncut!
>
> The discounted price works out to a little over $8 (US) a part, which still


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Sat, 1 Aug 2015 11:24:20 -0700
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

We have read and listened to Dominic Rainsford's fine essays over
the years and now are happy to
pass on his post about an interesting offer from John
Durrant: (pjm)
-------

Dear all,

Some of you may recall that about 10 years ago a publisher called
Durrant Editions issued a facsimile of /Copperfield/ in the monthly
parts. Subscribers received one number per month, like the original
readers. The facsimile was based on thorough research into types of
paper, inks, etc., and was of very high quality. If you know other
facsimiles such as the 1973

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Tue, 21 Jul 2015 15:20:44 -0700
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Since we are restricted at the moment to a laptop with poor sound,
we are waiting to get to our full-voiced desktop to call up the website
with the RSC "Nicholas Nickleby" and to shout "Hurrah" with Ruth
Richardson. For the URL, see below:
(pjm)
-------

Dear Prof. McCarthy,
You are very much welcome. Thank you for sharing the link to the Royal
Shakespeare Company production of /Nicholas Nickleby /with the
DICKNS-Lers around the globe. I was only too happy to alert the Friends
of the Dickens Forum about its existence online after reading the

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Tue, 21 Jul 2015 14:58:32 -0700
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

Those of us that saw the RSC "Nicholas Nickleby" could hardly fail
to be influenced,
we by the cornucopia of richness within NN that the production
revealed. Here
Susan Jirad tells of its effect on a Dickens descendant:
(p
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Patrick McCarthy
Tue, 21 Jul 2015 11:58:30 -0700
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Good word from Sarajevo... Thank you, Edin Plevljakovic. (pjm)

--------

Dear Prof. McCarthy,
I would like to thank Prof. Newsom for the personal note about the late
Roger Rees, whose death
is an incalculable loss for the Dickensian world, to which he
contributed greatly.
I would like to inform the Friends of the Dickens Forum that the RSC
Nicholas Nickleby is available
don the Youtube channel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IieU_CjJK6w .
Thank you.
Sincerely,
Edin Plevljakovic
Sarajevo
<[log in to unmask]>
Bosnia and Herzegovina
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Patrick McCarthy
Mon, 20 Jul 2015 20:21:00 -0700
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

To our memories of seeing the splendid 8 1/2 hour stage version of
"Nicholas
Nickleby" Robert Newsom <[log in to unmask]> adds a personal note
about the recently deceased Roger Rees. His description of Rees's room
and the
physical exertions of his role alerts us to the basic hard work that all
who took part in that
production--not to mention Dickens himself--threw themselves into on the
other
side of the footlights: (pjm)
-----
> I was saddened by the news last week of the death of Roger Rees, whose
> performance as Nicholas in the Royal Shakespeare Company's

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Tony Pointon marks the danger of not making the discovered ATYR
collection
available on the WWW: (pjm)
>
>
> Surely the priority for this treasure is that its contents shall be
> recorded so that it can be available for Dickensians to work with on line.
> It does not seem conceivable that it would be made accessible for people to
> work with manually, and, if it were, it is unlikely it will get optimum use
> in a specific location in a specific building. The idea of it going into a
>

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Patrick McCarthy
Sat, 18 Jul 2015 16:56:57 -0700
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

Herb Moscovitz has broad and unfailing sources of information about
the Dickens world and
generously passes it on to the Dickens Forum. The news that a bound
annotated collection of ATYR
has surfaced has stirred considerable interest and drawn its measure of
exaggerated claims. It is not,
pace Thomas L. McDonald, a "discovery [which] essentially rewrites the
history of Victorian literature."
But it draws the curtain away from a body of periodical writing largely
anonymous. Now, as you will
see, concerns are being expressed as to where this new collection will
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Wed, 15 Jul 2015 16:11:50 -0700
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

Robert Newsom stands back and reminds us of the power and control
Dickens exerted over everything that appeared in the pages of his
journals, *Household Words* and *All the Year Round*: (pjm)
>
>
> The discovery of the annotated-by-Dickens set of AYR is of course
> tremendous and will vastly simplify the jobs of future scholars and editors
> interested in Victorian periodicals. But we should keep in mind that
> Dickens's hand touched every article that appeared in AYR and that the
> anonymity of its authors was for a purpose: to keep

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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

The principal focus of Paul Lewis's interests is Wilkie Collins.
As many of you know, questions exist
as to Dickens's relationship, and that of his novels, to Collins. We
believe that John Forster's biography of
Dickens underplays those relationships. Lewis has been an active
contributor to Dickns-L: (pjm)
>
>
> And also, although he may be too modest to mention it, there was an item on
> the main lunchtime UK radio news programme, featuring an excellent
> interview with Paul Lewis.
>
> Julian Crowe
>
> On 13 July 2015 at 19:58,

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Here's Leon Litvack from northern Ireland: (pjm)
>
>
> Dear Patrick,
> Another story here:
>
> http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/news/charles-dickens-revealed-as-author-of-essay-defending-sensational-newspaper-reporting-10386444.html
>
> Good wishes from Leon
>
> --------------------
> Dr Leon Litvack
> Eaton Fellow, University of New Brunswick 2015
> Principal Editor, The Charles Dickens Letters Project
> Reader in Victorian Studies
> School of English
> Queen's University
> Belfast BT7 1NN
> Northern Ireland, UK
> [log in to unmask]
>
> Office: 028-90973266
> Fax: 028- 90973334
> TORONTO LINE DIRECT: (416) 840-9760 (5-hour time difference)
>
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

That the public at large is alert to solid Dickens news brings a certain
gratification
to keepers of the flame: (pjm)
------

From: Paul Lewis <[log in to unmask]>
To:

Hi Patrick,

The story made The Independent newspaper here in London this morning
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/charles-dickens-notes-solve-the-mystery-of-unidentified-victorian-authors-10384128.html

Best wishes,

Paul

Paul Lewis
07836 217 311
www.paullewis.co.uk
paullewismoney.blogspot.co.uk
twitter.com/paullewismoney
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Patrick McCarthy
Sat, 11 Jul 2015 16:13:27 -0700
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Here is Ruth Richardson <[log in to unmask]>, who has made
discoveries of her
own, on the Dickens journal discovery:
>
>
> There will be a lot of glasses clinking around the world because of this
> splendid discovery!
> Hurrah for Jonathan Parrott!
>
> ---------
>
>
> Dear DICKNS-Lers,
>
> I know it’s not really done to post a forward to this list, but the news that Patrick Leary (whom many of us know) posted to the VICTORIA list earlier today bears re-posting, especially to this group. Please see below.
>
> Friends

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Villanova's Deborah Thomas responds with a forceful "Wow!!" and Sean
Grass is--well, read on: (pjm)
>
>
> I am stunned. Simply stunned. Best news I've heard and thank you so much
> for sharing this great Dickensian breakthrough.
>
> On Saturday, July 11, 2015, Grass, Sean C [ENGL] <[log in to unmask]>
> wrote:
>
>>
>>
>>
>> *From:* Patrick Leary [mailto:[log in to unmask]
>>
>>
>>
>> The annual conference of the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals
>> (RSVP) in Ghent is just concluded, and it has been a wonderful experience
>> -- splendid papers and

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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

We--that editorial "we"!--are by no means back in harness, but the
following post from Herb Mosovitz
had for us a certain freshness, and we hoped you would find it of
interest: (pjm)
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Patrick McCarthy
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Friends of the Dickns-l Forum,

Professor McCarthy is in rehabilitation after eight days in hospital for
pneumonia.

He expects to be back on his home computer within the week.

He sends warn greetings to you all.
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Thu, 18 Jun 2015 16:48:50 -0700
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

Valerie Lester <[log in to unmask]> has published her account
of Surtees-Seymour, and
graciously send us the relevant section here:
(pjm)

>
> Dear Friends,
>
> Sometimes it is quite irresistible to quote oneself, and I’ve fallen into the trap. Here’s what I wrote on the topic of Surtees and Seymour in *Phiz, the Man Who Drew Dickens,* pp. 42-43:
>
> “First, to set the scene: the name Nimrod, that of the ‘mighty hunter’ in Genesis 10:9, was popularised in the early 1830s by the writer Robert Surtees (1803-1864) and the illustrator Robert Seymour (1798-1836). They

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Stephen Jarvis <[log in to unmask]> writes on when
*Jorrocks* was published and
defends his position on Seymour and
*Pickwick*: (pjm)

>
> I had not intended to post any more on the forum but Robert Tracy's statement about Surtees is factually incorrect. Jorrocks was not published with illustrations until after Pickwick - it had appeared in unillustrated form in the New Sporting Magazine. Furthermore, there are significant differences between Jorrocks and the sportsmen in Pickwick - Seymour celebrates sporting incompetence, Jorrocks is a man who lacks the airs and graces of a gentlemen.
> Indeed, I have

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Thu, 18 Jun 2015 11:39:35 -0700
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Sara Malton <[log in to unmask]> passes on the program for the
Dickens Society annual
symposium. We are pleased to see that a number of old Dickens friends
are participating and
wish we could be along to greet and hear them: (pjm)

---------
Dear Dickens Society members,

I am pleased to announce that the final programme for the 20th Annual
Dickens Society Symposium (8-10 July, Halifax, Nova Scotia) is
now available online at
https://liquiddickens.wordpress.com/symposium-schedule

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Thu, 18 Jun 2015 11:31:40 -0700
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

Mark Harris <[log in to unmask]> recommends we read a book that
we see is available online
thanks to the Gutenberg program. We should remember that
sportsman's sketches was a popular form
in the early nineteenth century:
(pjm)

>
> As it happens, I am reading *Jorrocks' Jaunts and Jollities* at the moment,
> and I strongly recommend it; it is a delightful book. It is always
> described as a hunting opus, but really, there is much less hunting in it
> than you might suppose, and plenty about Jorrocks' other adventures, such
> as an excursion

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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

Robert Tracy <[log in to unmask]> wishes us to remember the tone
and subjects of Robert Surtees as providing Seymour and Dickens a
subject for their work. Much has been done by the editors of the
Pilgrim letters and , notably, by Kathleen Chittick (in *Dickens and the
1830s*) to trace ideas and themes which mutatis mutandis were used by
Dickens in his early days. Think of some of the writers: Pierce Egan,
John Poole, Oliver Goldsmith--the latter credited for suggesting certain
developments in the development of Pickwick--, who were much in the air
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

Robert Newsom <[log in to unmask]> directs our attention to
the development of the character of Mr. Pickwick,
who did not spring full-blown from anyone's head: (pjm)
>
>
> I do not mean to continue the controversy, but I do want to point out that
> in our discussion of "Mr. Pickwick" we have been treating him as a static
> figure, dreamt up in an instant, as it were, by Dickens or Seymour or
> whomever. (Dickens himself encourages this notion by saying "I thought of
> Mr. P. and wrote the first number.)
>
>

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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

Mike Quinn writes with what I like to think is a New Yorker's
downrightness.
We are disposed to agree with him: "Give it a rest." (pjm)

>
> Big Surprise! Charles Dickens and Catherine Hogarth Dickens
> were actual human beings. They actually had faults and failings
> and made bad decisions at times. Big surprise!
> It’s a pity that we can’t all be as perfect as Chadband
> or as comfortable as the Veneerings.
>
> Seriously, what’s the big deal? Let the Dickens “bashers”
> bash. The record on Charles Dickens speaks

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Sun, 14 Jun 2015 20:11:28 -0700
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

The major focus of the present discussion is what is called
"Dickens Bashing" and also the
extent accusations against him, for example on the originality of his
Mr. Pickwick, his treatment
of Catherine after the failure of his marriage, and the Ellen Turner
affair affect our larger sense of the
man Dickens. We seems now to be focusing on the Seymour-Pickwick matter.

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Fri, 12 Jun 2015 11:45:39 -0700
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Stephen Jarvis <[log in to unmask]> has had his say in his
book and tells us
when it will be published in the United States: (pjm)

>
>
> Hi everyone
> In response to Tony Pointon - if Seymour were alive, he might sue Dickens, Forster and Chapman for libel.
> There is nothing else I can add - everything I want to say is in Death and Mr Pickwick. Yesterday, indeed, Death and Mr Pickwick became the #1 bestselling novel in London, according to the Evening Standard chart, just three weeks after publication. American publication, by

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Fri, 12 Jun 2015 11:33:54 -0700
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Gail Turley Houston <[log in to unmask]> has a downright and
forthright view of
the issues in our present discussion: (pjm)

>
> Dear Colleagues: I think this is a tempest in a teapot. No author is without flaws--all have blind spots. We don't need to "defend" Dickens. Let the writing stand for itself. We're scholars. It's worth our while to read as many scholarly points of view as possible. I love the idea that there will never be an end to questions about, opinions on, and new approaches to Dickens and his work. We grow by having

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Fri, 12 Jun 2015 11:27:04 -0700
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Bob Lapides <[log in to unmask]> would like to consider a
possibility while separating
it from broader judgments: (pjm)

>
> Tony Pointon's reference to Mohammed is apt. Why is it so troubling to entertain the possibility that Dickens was more imperfect than we've realized? It is his work we're awed by, after all, not his person. If we love his work, we want to know the truth about the man who produced it, the better to understand the extraordinary artist he became. I'm skeptical about Stephen Jarvis's conclusions, but I know him to be honest, and this

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Fri, 12 Jun 2015 11:19:36 -0700
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Christopher Lord <[log in to unmask]> has thought
further on the implications
and effects of the present subject on our views of Dickens:
(pjm)

>
> Patrick: although I fear I will muddy the waters, I would like to say this:
>
> Mr. Jarvis’s book has yet to be published in the United States, so for those of us who have not yet read it, speculation regarding its contents is premature. It is described as “fiction,” so I will read it in that light when it arrives in my mailbox on June 24 or thereabouts. I have

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Fri, 12 Jun 2015 11:07:29 -0700
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

Susan Jhirad <[log in to unmask]> hastens to explain
her point of view, and
as this thread continues we thank her and note that others have been
responding at about
the same time. Other posts forthcoming. (pjm)
>
>
> Since nobody can understand why someone in my own extended family committed suicide, much less cast blame, I find it astounding that more than 150 years after the fact, someone who didn’t know either Dickens or Seymour personally feels qualified to “explain” Seymour’s suicide with such certainty. Of course, anyone is entitled to write a novel about anything

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Fri, 12 Jun 2015 10:56:54 -0700
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

Emily Bowles <emily.bowles@york,ac.uk> has been an interested and
involved observer
of our present thread: (pjm)

--------
>
>
> Dear List,
>
> This is a particularly interesting discussion for me, as I'm working on a
> PhD looking at changing representations of Dickens. I'm currently focusing
> on biographies and life writing of the 1930s which overwhelmingly show that
> 'Dickens-bashing' is not a new trend - suggestions that Dickens was a bad
> father (or, at least, that he didn't make the best decisions in sending his
> children off around the world)

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Thu, 11 Jun 2015 10:22:31 -0700
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

Tony Pointon <[log in to unmask]> speaks up against libeling a
dead author: (pjm)
--------
>
>
> Susan jhirad may be classified by Stephen Jarvis and others as a
> "traditional" Dickensian, but, given her review of the anti-Dickens
> publications over the last few years when it seems to have been profitable
> to denigrate Dickens, traditional Dickensians now seem to be those who seek
> to interpret everything they can find - however suspect - to damage his
> reputation. I did, on one occasion, have the temerity to correct a speaker
> who, in

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Wed, 10 Jun 2015 11:42:10 -0700
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Ruth Richardson <[log in to unmask]> relies on the experience
of readers of
"the real Dickens" to judge him fairly: (pjm)

>
> I entirely agree with Susan Jhirad. Bashing Dickens is a fashion that I
> hope will pass. He is so good that lesser mortals want to bring him down,
> or aid their own careers with some new flagrant accusation. It will pass,
> as the books stand for themselves, and there are plenty of readers of the
> real Dickens who know very well that he was aware of his own weaknesses,
> and

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Wed, 10 Jun 2015 11:34:20 -0700
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

Stephen Jarvis <[log in to unmask]> has had his differences
with Dickns-ellers
in the past. Here he re-affirms his position against, as he says,
traditional Dickensians. (pjm)

>
> Hi everyone
> I can only speak about the piece in The Atlantic, as it is about my new novel Death and Mr Pickwick, but I want to say it is an entirely sensible piece. It is traditional Dickensians who are completely wrong about Seymour. Dickens can not only justifiably be called "a thief" as the article puts it, but one can certainly and sensibly hold him accountable for

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Wed, 10 Jun 2015 11:15:57 -0700
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

Susan Jhirad's defense of Dickens's character, seen as a whole,
has found warm agreement in
two respondents. "Couldn't agree more, Susan! Well said," writes Gina
Delfonso. Then
Justin J. Perrault <[log in to unmask]> wants a firmer hand taken
against "needless bashing." (pjm)
>
>
> This needless bashing of our beloved Dickens is wrong and malicious, and we should not allow it to proceed as such. Obviously Dickens is not alive today in order to defend himself, so that duty and responsibility falls upon us. As the scholars that carry on his good name it is up

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Wed, 10 Jun 2015 11:01:06 -0700
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

There is more than one reason why standards of English grammar have
changed. Walter Smith <[log in to unmask]>
reflects on a major change and its cause:
(pjm

>
>
> Dear Patrick McCarthy:
> I learned years ago that uneducated people are the ones who primarily
> change our language and are not concerned about it. The educated ones try
> to uphold the standards of grammar they were taught.
> However, I was wondering what the impact of woman`s rights and their
> struggle for equality has had in changing certain rules of grammar in our


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Patrick McCarthy
Tue, 9 Jun 2015 13:55:25 -0700
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

Dickens is so much alive in the imaginations of his readers that
again, here on June 9, 2015,
[..... and here with your indulgence, dear friends, we will re-send
the post of 2012]

..... it is sobering, and almost surprising, to reflect that is the
145th anniversary of Dickens's death. Told and re-told in one
biography after the other, the shocking story retains its power to touch
us.

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Tue, 9 Jun 2015 13:16:56 -0700
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Friends,

We, too, Mr. Eliot, did our best to "purify the language of the
tribe." And, more likely than not, we should try again.
We would be in good company. E'en so, we enjoy hearing again that
"Fears of Language decline seem to be a human
universal." Thanks to Miriam Margolyes and Herb Moscovitz, we have the
following lively review of the evidence:
(Patrick McCarthy, professor emeritus UCSB; editor, Dickns-l )
>
> Johnson: Language anxieties Feb 12 2015 | The Economist online
>
> Johnson: Language anxieties
>
> THE English language, we all know, is in decline. The

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Tue, 9 Jun 2015 10:55:11 -0700
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

Others have expressed similar sentiments, but Susan Jhirad
<michaelandsusan01@comcast..net> has assembled
a number of recent animadversions on Dickens's character and speaks up
for a balanced view: (pjm)
> As we fondly remember Dickens and his efforts to help other wounded and dying passengers during the traumatic Staplehurst crash, I feel compelled to comment on the recent spate of “Dickens-bashing” articles and books that have emerged of late. First, the late Christopher Hitchens writing in *The Atlantic Monthly* in 2010, “The Dark Side of Dickens: Why Dickens was the best of authors and the worst of

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Sun, 7 Jun 2015 20:14:22 -0700
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On 6/7/2015 12:35 PM, Ruth Richardson wrote:
> http://spitalfieldslife.com/2015/05/04/the-punch-judy-festival-in-covent-garden/
>
> for those who want to see the real things!
>
> On Sun, Jun 7, 2015 at 6:13 PM, Patrick McCarthy
> <[log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]>> wrote:
>
> Friends of the Dickens Forum,
>
> Herb Moscovitz has been busy on an aspect of Dickens we might
> have overlooked. (pjm)
>> *PUNCH AND DICKENS*
>> My presentation on "Punch and Dickens," a look at Dickens and
>> Puppetry is now on David Perdue's Charles Dickens Webpage. Click
>> here to read it:
>> http://charlesdickenspage.com/punch_and_dickens.html
>> Thanks, David!
>> Herb


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http://spitalfieldslife.com/2015/05/04/the-punch-judy-festival-in-covent-garden/

for those who want to see the real things!

On Sun, Jun 7, 2015 at 6:13 PM, Patrick McCarthy <[log in to unmask]>
wrote:

> Friends of the Dickens Forum,
>
> Herb Moscovitz has been busy on an aspect of Dickens we might have
> overlooked. (pjm)
>
>
> *PUNCH AND DICKENS*
>
>
> My presentation on "Punch and Dickens," a look at Dickens and Puppetry is
> now on David Perdue's Charles Dickens Webpage. Click here to read it:
>
> http://charlesdickenspage.com/punch_and_dickens.html
>
> Thanks, David!
>
> Herb
>
>
>
> =========
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Patrick McCarthy
Sun, 7 Jun 2015 10:13:27 -0700
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

Herb Moscovitz has been busy on an aspect of Dickens we might have
overlooked. (pjm)
> *PUNCH AND DICKENS*
> My presentation on "Punch and Dickens," a look at Dickens and Puppetry
> is now on David Perdue's Charles Dickens Webpage. Click here to read it:
> http://charlesdickenspage.com/punch_and_dickens.html
> Thanks, David!
> Herb
> ===================
>
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Patrick McCarthy
Sun, 7 Jun 2015 10:06:10 -0700
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

Ruth Richardson <[log in to unmask]>, remembering an
anniversary, has
an idea for marking it: (pjm)
>
>
> *This coming Tuesday, June 9th 2015, is the 150th anniversary of the
> Staplehurst Rail Crash of June 9th 1865,in which Charles
> Dickens[?]SURVIVED.[?]*
>
> The crash was a near-death experience,
> a life-changer for Dickens from which he afterwards suffered
> flashbacks and anxiety attacks.
>
> But Dickens survived, to live exactly five more years,
> until his death on the same June day, in 1870.
>
> In those five years, he was able to


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Fri, 29 May 2015 15:25:21 -0700
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

We have just received a post sent to Dickns-l and ending with this
sentence:

"Failure to do so within 24 hours will immediately render your e-mail
account deactivated from our database."

This appears an obvious scan, and without waiting to consult our
departmental expert, we thought
it best immediately to say we will ignore the message and advise you
to do the same.

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Wed, 27 May 2015 10:55:31 -0700
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Thanks to scientist Steven Pachuta, we have a helpful reply to
Robert Tracy's
tantalizing questions about the cover-design for the wrapper of monthly
parts
done for *Martin Chuzzlewit* by Hablot Browne: (pjm)

>
>
> The parts wrappers have always given me difficulty; sometimes they remind me of Bosch. I think a good case can be made that the coin at lower right is a shilling. It has the “young head” Victoria portrait, and the text on a real (1844) shilling is as follows:
>
> VICTORIA DEI GRATIA BRITANNIAR : REG : F :

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Tue, 26 May 2015 12:04:53 -0700
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

Robert Tracy <[log in to unmask]>, continues to surprise us with
the breadth of
his interests. Respondents will do us all a favor by identifying the MC
edition carrying
the Phiz cover they use. Our editions are of no help.
(pjm)

>
> Dear Colleagues: I have been studying the cover Phiz designed for the parts
> publication of CHUZZLEWIT. I can see how the rich baby on the Left and the
> poor baby on the Right set the tone for the spindles that are tangled with
> roses (L ) and thin leaves (R), and prepare

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Patrick McCarthy
Mon, 25 May 2015 16:02:35 -0700
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Friends of the Dickens Forum...
members of the Dickens Society, that is,
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Mon, 25 May 2015 15:55:22 -0700
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

Leafing through the *London Review of Books* (19/02/15), our eye
lingered on "Short Cuts"
by Andrew O'Hagan. You will see why. We have read other accounts of
the occasion, but this
one is worth passing on: (The story has the advantage of telling us
nothing about Dickens.) (pjm)
---
"It was in Charles Dickens's upstairs sitting room that I met the
future king of England....
We were about to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Dickens's birth,
and of course the
royals were late, and we, the curtain twitchers of Bloomsbury, had been
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Fri, 22 May 2015 11:40:01 -0700
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

Professor Leon Litvack <[log in to unmask]> is a close student of
pictures of Dickens
and their photographers. He tells us first of all that the photograph
of Dickens, labeled
"The Last Photograph of Dickens," dated June 8, 1870 in the recent post
on Rosenbach
Dickens holdings, is not the last photograph.

He has written an essay on Adolphe Naudin and his photograph of
Dickens, some friends
and family, posed before Gad's Hill. (Herb Moscovitz recently passed it
on to us.) Litvack
discusses the photo at length in the essay which will appear in *The
Dickensian.*

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Tue, 19 May 2015 11:12:33 -0700
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

The energy and generosity of Phildadelphia's Herb Moskovitz has
impressed us year after year. Here
he passes on to his Fellowship friends an account of a visit to....well,
you'll see: (pjm)
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Patrick McCarthy
Thu, 14 May 2015 10:37:47 -0700
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

Robert Newsom <[log in to unmask]>, whose writings for the
*Oxford
Reader's Companion to Dickens* as well as one written by Eric Evans we
had already
singled out for praise [May 9], directs us to a key statement of Dickens
which
encapsulates his later political position:
(pjm)
>
>
> There is quite a good article on "politics and politicians" in the **Oxford
> Reader's Companion to Dickens** that lists most of Dickens's explicit
> references to politics, including many from the journalism and therefore
> not well known.
>
> It omits, however, Dickens's most often quoted

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Wed, 13 May 2015 20:28:03 -0700
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Robert Tracy of U.C. Berkeley, who has published on both Dickens
and Trollope (and
much else besides), is a scholar always worth listening to:
(pjm)
> Friends of the Forum: A few thoughts on Dickens and Trollope. Trollope has
> no interest in the deserving or undeserving poor as subjects; Dickens is
> eager to call attention to the deserving qualities of the Cratchits or the
> dwellers in Bleeding Heart Yard. Apart from the Eatanswill election, and
> the Muffin representatives in NICKLEBY, which are satirical, his chief
> contribution to contemporary political discourse

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Tue, 12 May 2015 09:51:21 -0700
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

Luther Nelson <[log in to unmask]> points us to a passage from his
book which
summarizes very well his view of Dickens's political creed: (pjm)
-------
> Patrick,
>
> Thanks for that piece stemming from Gopnik's article on Trollope (I just
> got that New Yorker today). *Hard Times* belongs on that list of novels
> you close with: "No grand program then, but what Sissy has to offer, is
> what the world needs; and there needs no system for that. Perhaps this
> explains why Dickens was a radical but no revolutionary: why overturn an


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Mon, 11 May 2015 12:02:29 -0700
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

Whether Dickens himself ever voted in a public election may not cast
light on his general political views. In the absence of your commentary
on the subject, we have cast about here and there to discover whether
or not Dickens voted. We have not succeeded.

We know Dickens was a long-time admirer of Lord John Russell and
wrote to
him and to Countess Russell on many occasions. That Dickens applauded Lord
Russell's Parliamentary efforts to extend the franchise is clear from
a letter to Lady Russell (17 April '66) congratulating her husband on
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Sat, 9 May 2015 10:38:08 -0700
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

In mulling over the general subject of Dickens's politics, we wondered
whether Dickens ever voted in a public election? Was he qualified to
cast a ballot?

We came across one interesting letter sent to Thomas Hughes on
26 April 1864, which appears to be to the point:

"....I may, for anything I know,have a Finsbury vote in right of my office,
but I have never voted anad have never looked after the qualifications."

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Patrick McCarthy
Sat, 9 May 2015 10:24:57 -0700
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

We could not read Adam Gopnik's article "Trollope Trending" [New
Yorker, May 4, '15] without
thinking whether one could write a companion article on Dickens.

Gopnik strikes a line through Trollope's enormous
output--forty-seven novels and much else
besides--a line that is primarily political. He focuses on two of the
"three distinct Trollopes": "The Trollope of
the Barsetshire (Barchester) novels, [and] the Trollope of the Palliser,
or political novels" while
passing over "the Trollope of the odder, one-off books." Trollope
described himself, as Jack Hall
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

Two more voices ask to say their say on the first sentence of
*Pickwick.*
Grahame Smith and Christine Maiocco. Their comments effectively bring
this thread to its end. Thank you all. (pjm)

Here is Grahame Smith <[log in to unmask]> :

I for one am grateful to Robert Newsom for reminding us of the
brilliance, profundity
even, of Marcus's thought. "Engels, Manchester and the Working Class'
remains for me
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Stephen Jarvis <stephenjarvis@ hotmail.com> would like another word on
the first sentence of *Pickwick Papers*: (pjm)
------
>
> I am of course aware of Marcus's work on Pickwick, and admire it - indeed my forthcoming book even has a Marcus quote at the start. Though one should also note that the sentence has additional subtleties which, as I recall, Marcus misses. (Its use of polysyllables satirises 'penny-a-liner' journalism, which was in turn influenced by the style of Edward Gibbon.) But for all that - it's a truly dreadful opening sentence. If Dickens had submitted

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Sat, 25 Apr 2015 11:07:34 -0700
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

For some of us to think of *Pickwick Papers* is to recall the
splendid work of Steven Marcus
in *Dickens from Pickwick to Dombey* (1965). Here, Robert Newsom, who
began his study
of Dickens under Marcus, reminds us of a later essay of Marcus which
here provides him
with an illuminating and pertinent quotation:
(pjm)
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Patrick McCarthy
Fri, 24 Apr 2015 11:13:49 -0700
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

Stephen Jarvis <[log in to unmask]> picks up the thread
about *Pickwick*
and its appeal to readers before and after Weller:
------
As Val Lester says, the illustrations were certainly of huge
importance in establishing Pickwick's
phenomenal success - Sam Weller wasn't just a list of Wellerisms, the
pictures gave a sense of
a PERSON being there, almost in the flesh, someone actually using the
remarkable expressions.
In spreading the news about the arrival of Weller on the scene, William
Jerdan was of immense
importance too. In today's jargon, Jerdan would be a "super-connector",
someone who knows
lots

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Thu, 23 Apr 2015 11:03:02 -0700
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

We have been looking at an early companion to Dickens but have not yet
heard of the one Grahame Smith <[log in to unmask]>
has found among his books: (pjm)
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Thu, 23 Apr 2015 10:45:11 -0700
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Friends of the Dickens Forum

Here is word from Phiz's son reaching back to early *Pickwick*
days. it
is Valerie Lester <[log in to unmask]> who is our source: (pjm)
-----

Dear Friends of the Dickens Forum,

Here’s another little story about the first appearance of Sam Weller. Edgar
Browne, Phiz’s son, writes in his book, Phiz and Dickens: “Some years ago,
one pouring wet day, I took refuge in a little curiosity shop near Leicester
Square. The proprietor, partly to pass the time, and partly to magnify himself
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Thu, 23 Apr 2015 10:30:46 -0700
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

Leslie Katz <[log in to unmask]> reminds us--or tells us, if we did not
know--that there were two Warrens, and that it is easy to confuse them.
(pjm)
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Patrick McCarthy
Wed, 22 Apr 2015 11:01:07 -0700
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Friends of he Dickens Forum,

Bob Patten, the recognized authority on Dickens and his publishers,
including detailed sales of the numbers, has read the Nina Matyris piece,
pointed out to us by Christine Maiocco. Here he looks at the endings
of the first three numbers and notes when Sam Well first makes
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Tue, 21 Apr 2015 13:38:07 -0700
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Friends of the Dickens Forum

Christine Maiocco <[log in to unmask]> forwards the following
URL saying "The Forum may be interested in this."

We have skimmed the piece in the *Paris Review* by Nina Martyris which
brings together a range of familiar material in a lively manner. On
early sales of
*Pickwick*, best check Robert Patten's *Charles Dickens and His
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Tue, 21 Apr 2015 13:11:26 -0700
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

Ruth Richardson <[log in to unmask]> asks a good question:

May we have the evidence that Smith was black??? This
feel historically questionable to me.
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Patrick McCarthy
Mon, 20 Apr 2015 20:07:36 -0700
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

First, our thanks to Miriam Margolyes and Christine Maiocco for
sending URL's for
accessing the illustrations of John Thomas Smith, particularly the ones
titled
"Remarkable Beggars." In his post below, Michael John Allen also
supplies the URL
and, as you see, finds "interesting connections" to Dickens. Thank you
all. (pjm)
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> Dear Patrick,
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> Many thanks to Grahame Smith for drawing attention to John Thomas Smith. I
> hadn't come across him before.
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> I found excellent copies of his illustrations of beggars at
> http://spitalfieldslife.com/2015/04/17/john-thomas-smiths-remarkable-beggars
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Patrick McCarthy
Sun, 19 Apr 2015 14:27:18 -0700
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

Grahame Smith <[log in to unmask]> has been alerted to "John
Thomas Smith
and his Remarkable Beggars" by his daughter, and he thinks the drawings
published in 1815
"just might be of interest" to us. We found no working URL in
Grahame's message, but
by calling up John Thomas Smith on Google, we found out what the Smiths
had in mind.

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