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

By Sean Grass

Even in the context of Charles Dickens's heritage as a publishing innovator, Our Mutual buddy is remarkable for what it finds approximately Dickens as an writer and approximately Victorian publishing. Marking Dickens's go back to the per 30 days quantity layout after approximately a decade of writing fiction designed for weekly book in the entire 12 months around, Our Mutual good friend emerged opposed to the backdrop of his failing healthiness, stricken courting with Ellen Ternan, and declining popularity between modern critics. In his subtly argued publishing background, Sean Grass indicates how those problems mixed to make Our Mutual pal a very abnormal novel, no much less in its contents and surprisingly heavy revisions than in its advertising through Chapman and corridor, its transformation from a serial into British and U.S. e-book versions, its modern reception through readers and reviewers, and its delightfully asymmetric popularity between critics within the a hundred and fifty years considering that Dickens’s demise. better through 4 appendices that supply modern debts of the Staplehurst railway twist of fate, details on archival fabrics, transcripts of all the modern studies, and a decide on bibliography of variants, Grass’s publication exhibits why this final of Dickens’s accomplished novels maintains to intrigue its readers and critics.

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