Dickens' working notes for his novels /

Main Author: Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870.
Other Authors: Stone, Harry, 1926-
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1987.
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In this volume, Harry Stone, author of Dickens and the Invisible World (CH, Feb '80) and editor of Dickens's Uncollected Writings from Household Words, 1850-1859 (CH, Jul '69), has collected Dickens's plans and notes for ten of his novels. The notes are photographically reproduced, full size, on the verso and are transcribed typographically on the recto. Much of this material has been available on microfilm for many years but was almost impossible to use because of the novelist's nearly illegible handwriting. The transcriptions make the present volume eminently usable. In the general introduction, Stone explains the relationship between the notes and the novels and suggests uses of the notes in research. There is also an editorial commentary to the notes for each novel giving an account of the writing of the book. The illustrations include 33 good-quality reproductions of illustrations and covers of the original serial parts. This is an important research source for studying Dickens's process of composition. In addition, the volume is beautifully presented on fine paper. Recommended to libraries serving graduate students and upper-division undergraduates.-J.D. Vann, North Texas State University

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