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Patrick McCarthy <[log in to unmask]>
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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 the whole of the
> journal under Dickens's conducting. Anonymity also freed its contributors
> from being held responsible for their unsigned work. If I write an unsigned
> article, I'm going to give my employer what he wants and he in any case is
> going to edit and even re-write as he sees fit.
> Everything in AYR was in effect endorsed by Dickens and nothing others
> contributed, if unsigned, was endorsed by them. So I do not feel the
> critical ground shaking underneath me. (And I live in California.)