Charles Dickens







        Lucinda Dickens Hawksley
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        This is one of the most beautiful books ever made. Never mind it's a book about Charles Dickens - it's just a beautiful, unbelievable book...(scroll down)



        Charles Dickens Hardcover by Lucinda Dickens Hawksley
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        © Andre Deutsch / Lucinda Hawksley 2011



        • Hardcover: 124 pages
        • Publisher: Andre Deutsch Ltd (1 Oct 2011)
        • Language: English
        • ISBN-10: 0233003290
        • ISBN-13: 978-0233003290
        • Product Dimensions: 26.9 x 30.6 cm



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        PRODUCT DESCRIPTION:
        It goes without saying (but I'm saying it!) that it's a must have for the Charles Dickens follower. It contains 21 facsimile items, removable documents from Dickens' personal archives. Low quality scans of 10 of these documents are scanned below but in reality they really have to be seen in the flesh.

        The full list of removable documents is as follows:

          1. The Pickwick Papers Manuscript Page
          2. Marriage Certificate
          3. Oliver Twist Manuscript Page
          4. Docks Standard Plays - Oliver Twist
          5. Letter to Georgina Hogarth, 25 October 1853
          6. "Clari" and Tavistock House Playbills
          7. As per No.6
          8. The Daily News
          9. Household Words
          10. Bleak House Manuscript Page and Proof Page
          11. Bleak House Monthly Edition Extract
          12. Visiting Cards
          13. Letter to Angela Burdett Coutts, 19 May 1858
          14. Katie Dickens' Photo Album
          15. Boxing Day Sports Poster
          16. Coutts Account Book
          17. Letter to Frank Beard, 10 June 1865
          18. Writing Desk Sketch
          19. Reading Tour Ticket
          20. Reading Copy
          21. Will

        The book is like some kind of Buddha script opening out to reveal the meaning of Dickens. Every page is a treasure, the design pulls you into the Victorian world of 150 years ago or so. An exquisite jewel in a Dickensian crown. And that's before you get to the removable documents mentioned above. Each is a little piece of collectible memorabilia in its own right. I don't know of any of the publisher like Andre Deutsch who bring work of writers and artists from the past into such extraordianry life. It's such a wonderful idea, the facsimile documents hidden away in pockets within the book, albeit it must be an expensive one to manufacture. Including these little trinkets in the book is simply giving more to the reader than any other publisher has even contemplated. For example, in this book you get a real feel for those times, the best of times, the worst of times; handling these pieces as someone would have the originals all those years ago. You are that viewer; you are in 1850. You in in the world of Dickens, the house of Dickens, the family of him, because these are the things from his life. Every ghost of a writer or painter from the past is crying out for his world to be brought back to life in this way. I'm sure if Leonardo was alive today he would say: "I don't want anybody else to publish my work other than Andre Deutsch. They'll bring my work to life in a way no-one else can get near". Really, this publisher is in a class of its own.

        With the seemingly inexorable shift of how people read books with kindles and other electronic thingys I think this is the only answer a publisher has to entich people to still read a 3dimensional book. Turn the 'book' into more. For example you can get a David Copperfield book and give it to the reader. But that hasn't changed in 160 years. It's not enough. With this book not only do you do that but you also you feel like you own a work of art which is the only thing that can't be replicated electronically . Books have to become works of art to survive. Printed matter has to be beautiful to get noticed.

        As I said I acknowledge it must be expensive. The only drawback with the book is that it is hard to house all these mementos so it is quite cumbersome. You get a little scared of opening the pockets in case you damage the fragile artifacts. But that's small price to pay to own such a beautiful thing. I wonder how much it costs to produce this book? It looks expensive. Hopefully, the more people buy it the more the publisher will be encouraged to produce not only more of this title but for other writers and artists. They've done a few on others; it would be wonderful to see more artists.

        I can't think of anything in the last hundred years or so that has the possibilities to take the written word to another level without turning it into a gadget.

        The only way that can be realised is if everyone embraced it.

        Paul Page, 2013


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        PRODUCT DESCRIPTION (BACK COVER):
        Charles Dickens is the definitive illustrated guide to the man and his works. Produced in association with the Charles Dickens Museum, London, it follows Dickens from early childhood, including his time spent as a child labourer, and looks at how he became the greatest celebrity of his age - and how he still remains one of Britain's most renowned literary figures, even in the twenty-first century. It is an intimate look at what he was like as a husband, a father, a friend and an employer; at his longing to be an actor, at his travels across North America, his year spent living in Italy and his great love of France. Alongside Dickens himself, readers will meet his fascinating family and his astonishing circle of friends - and will discover when and how life and real-life personalities were imitated in Dickens' art. The cast of characters in Charles Dickens embraces an incredible array of famous - and occasionally infamous - Victorians.

        Charles Dickens was an intriguing personality. He was a man far ahead of his times, a Victorian whose ideals and outlook on life were better suited to the mdern world. With beautiful photographs and artworks, and many never before seen facsimile documents from Dickens' own archives, Charles Dickens brings to life this extraordinary and complex man, whose name remains internationally revered and whose work continues to inspire us today.


        THE AUTHOR (BACK COVER):
        Lucinda Dickens Hawksley is the great-great-great granddaughter of Charles Dickens and a patron of the Charles Dickens Museum in London. She has written more than 20 books, including Lizzie Siddal, The Tragedy of a Pre-Raphaelite Supermodel (2004) and Katey, The Life and Loves of Dickens's Artist Daughter (2006). A lecturer as well as a writer, Lucinda is an expert in Dickens' family life and has been awarded a fellowship to study the life of Augustus Dickens (Charles's brother and the original "Boz") at the Newberry Library in Chicago.


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        Charles Dickens [Hardcover] by Lucinda Dickens Hawksley
        Charles Dickens [Hardcover] by Lucinda Dickens Hawksley
        Front Cover - Low Quality Scan (The original in the book is a 1000 times better!)
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        Charles Dickens [Hardcover] by Lucinda Dickens Hawksley
        Charles Dickens [Hardcover] by Lucinda Dickens Hawksley
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        Charles Dickens [Hardcover] by Lucinda Dickens Hawksley
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        Charles Dickens [Hardcover] by Lucinda Dickens Hawksley
        Charles Dickens [Hardcover] by Lucinda Dickens Hawksley
        Inner Page - Low Quality Scan (The original in the book is a 1000 times better!)
        In this painting by Daniel Maclise, a young Catherine Dickens is holding an embroidered overmantle, which is presemably her own work
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        Charles Dickens [Hardcover] by Lucinda Dickens Hawksley
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        Inner Page (Envelope Front of one of the Pockets) - Low Quality Scan (The original in the book is a 1000 times better!)
        Playbill for a family theatrical held at Tavistock Hotel of "The Frozen Deep". Charles would later meet his mistress, Ellen Ternan, when performing in a professional production of "The Frozen Deep"
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        Charles Dickens [Hardcover] by Lucinda Dickens Hawksley
        Charles Dickens [Hardcover] by Lucinda Dickens Hawksley
        3 Facsimile Items - Low Quality Scan (The originals as part of the book are a 1000 times better!)
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        Charles Dickens [Hardcover] by Lucinda Dickens Hawksley
        Charles Dickens [Hardcover] by Lucinda Dickens Hawksley
        Facsimile Item: The Pickwick Papers Manuscript Page - Low Quality Scan (The original in the book is a 1000 times better!)
        The Pickwick Papers became a marketing phenomenon and turned Charles Dickens into a household name. It was printed in 20 monthly parts, beginning in relative obscurity but becoming a cult classic. Even before Dickens had finished writing the final chapters, several plagiarized adaptations had been created for the stage.
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        Charles Dickens [Hardcover] by Lucinda Dickens Hawksley
        Charles Dickens [Hardcover] by Lucinda Dickens Hawksley
        Facsimile Item: Letter to Georgina Hogarth, 25 October 1853 - Low Quality Scan (The originals as part of the book are a 1000 times better!)
        The whole letter has also been transcribed on one of the fronts of these envelopes and is fascinating.
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        Charles Dickens [Hardcover] by Lucinda Dickens Hawksley
        Charles Dickens [Hardcover] by Lucinda Dickens Hawksley
        Facsimile Item: Dicks Standard Plays - Oliver Twist Cover - Low Quality Scan (The original in the book is a 1000 times better!)
        Dicks Standard Plays were popular - and unauthorised - stage adaptations of famous books. The adaptations were very popular with amateur actors.
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        Charles Dickens [Hardcover] by Lucinda Dickens Hawksley
        Charles Dickens [Hardcover] by Lucinda Dickens Hawksley
        Facsimile Item: Dicks Standard Plays - Oliver Twist Inner Page - Low Quality Scan (The original in the book is a 1000 times better!)
        Dicks Standard Plays were popular - and unauthorised - stage adaptations of famous books. The adaptations were very popular with amateur actors.
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        Charles Dickens [Hardcover] by Lucinda Dickens Hawksley
        Charles Dickens [Hardcover] by Lucinda Dickens Hawksley
        Facsimile Item: Marriage Certificate - Low Quality Scan (The original in the book is a 1000 times better!)
        This facsimile of Charles Dickens and Catherine Hogarth's marriage certificate records their wedding at St Luke's Church in Chelsea, London, on 2 April 1836. Later that year, a new rector arrived at the church. His name was Reverend Charles Kingsley; his son, also named Charles, was the author of The Water Babies.
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        Charles Dickens [Hardcover] by Lucinda Dickens Hawksley
        Charles Dickens [Hardcover] by Lucinda Dickens Hawksley
        Facsimile Item: Bleak House Manuscript Page - Low Quality Scan (The original in the book is a 1000 times better!)
        Bleak House was begin in 1852, the year in which the Dickenses' youngest child was born.
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        Charles Dickens [Hardcover] by Lucinda Dickens Hawksley
        Charles Dickens [Hardcover] by Lucinda Dickens Hawksley
        Facsimile Item: Bleak House Proof Page - Low Quality Scan (The original in the book is a 1000 times better!)
        Bleak House was begin in 1852, the year in which the Dickenses' youngest child was born.
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        Charles Dickens [Hardcover] by Lucinda Dickens Hawksley
        Charles Dickens [Hardcover] by Lucinda Dickens Hawksley
        Facsimile Item: Clari and Tavistock House Playbills (1 of 2) - Low Quality Scan (The original in the book is a 1000 times better!)
        The family theatricals were carefully managed by Charles Dickens who oversaw every aspect of the performancess. Attention was paid to every detail, such as the beautifully painted scenery, the professionally made costumes and playbills revealing who played each role.
        © Andre Deutsch / Lucinda Hawksley 2011
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        Charles Dickens [Hardcover] by Lucinda Dickens Hawksley
        Charles Dickens [Hardcover] by Lucinda Dickens Hawksley
        Facsimile Item: Clari and Tavistock House Playbills (1 of 2) - Low Quality Scan (The original in the book is a 1000 times better!)
        The family theatricals were carefully managed by Charles Dickens who oversaw every aspect of the performancess. Attention was paid to every detail, such as the beautifully painted scenery, the professionally made costumes and playbills revealing who played each role.
        © Andre Deutsch / Lucinda Hawksley 2011
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        Charles Dickens [Hardcover] by Lucinda Dickens Hawksley
        Charles Dickens [Hardcover] by Lucinda Dickens Hawksley
        Facsimile Item: Household Words - Low Quality Scan (The original in the book is a 1000 times better!)
        The first edition of Household Words began with the lines: "We aspire to live in the Household affections, and to be numbered among the Household thoughts, of our readers. We hope to be the comrade and friend of many thousands of people, of both sexes, and of all ages and conditions, on whose faces we may never look." This is an extract from the 5 May 1855 edition and includes Dickens' articles "One Thousand and One Humbugs" and "Plagues of London".
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        Charles Dickens [Hardcover] by Lucinda Dickens Hawksley
        Charles Dickens [Hardcover] by Lucinda Dickens Hawksley
        Facsimile Item: Household Words - Low Quality Scan (The original in the book is a 1000 times better!)
        The first edition of Household Words began with the lines: "We aspire to live in the Household affections, and to be numbered among the Household thoughts, of our readers. We hope to be the comrade and friend of many thousands of people, of both sexes, and of all ages and conditions, on whose faces we may never look." This is an extract from the 5 May 1855 edition and includes Dickens' articles "One Thousand and One Humbugs" and "Plagues of London".
        © Andre Deutsch / Lucinda Hawksley 2011
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        Charles Dickens [Hardcover] by Lucinda Dickens Hawksley
        Charles Dickens [Hardcover] by Lucinda Dickens Hawksley
        Facsimile Item: The Daily News - Low Quality Scan (The original in the book is a 1000 times better!)
        The first edition of The Daily News 21 January 1846. Dickens set up this radical newspaper to directly compete with The Morning Chronicle. Dickens edited the first 17 issues however stepped aside in favour of his friend John Forster as he couldn't afford the time such a role required. It was absorbed into The Daily Chronicle in 1930 which closed in 1960.
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        Charles Dickens [Hardcover] by Lucinda Dickens Hawksley
        Charles Dickens [Hardcover] by Lucinda Dickens Hawksley
        Random Page: Ellen Ternan - Low Quality Scan (The original in the book is a 1000 times better!)
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        Charles Dickens [Hardcover] by Lucinda Dickens Hawksley
        Charles Dickens [Hardcover] by Lucinda Dickens Hawksley
        Random Page: A Pickpocket In Custody by George Cruikshank - Low Quality Scan (The original in the book is a 1000 times better!)
        An 1836 illustration from Sketches by Boz. It shows the new "peelers", or London police force in operation.
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        Charles Dickens [Hardcover] by Lucinda Dickens Hawksley
        Charles Dickens [Hardcover] by Lucinda Dickens Hawksley
        Front of one of the enveloped inside the book: Martin Chuzzlewit - Low Quality Scan (The original in the book is a 1000 times better!)
        July 1844 publication which featured Dickens' first real detective, Mr Nadgett.
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        Charles Dickens [Hardcover] by Lucinda Dickens Hawksley
        Charles Dickens [Hardcover] by Lucinda Dickens Hawksley
        Random Page: Mary Hogarth - Low Quality Scan (The original in the book is a 1000 times better!)
        This is the only known portrait of Mary Hogarth, who died aged 17. The original, by "Phiz", was painted after Mary's deth from the artist's memory.
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