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My Uncle

6/12/1851

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Authors Charles Dickens
W[illiam] H[enry] Wills
Genres Cross-genre i
Prose: Essay i
Prose: Leading Article i
Prose: Short Fiction i
Subjects Great Britain—Social Conditions—Nineteenth Century
Money; Finance; Banking; Investments; Taxation; Insurance; Debt; Inheritance and Succession
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Dickens probably wrote the following portion of 'My Uncle': from 'My Uncle's office' (p. 243) to 'like tigresses' (p. 244).
Dickens may also have added a few details to the following passage: from the opening to 'Tao-Kwang' (p. 241).
In addition, Dickens seems to have added touches to other passages by Wills. For example, he probably interpolated such bits as the elaborate and suddenly intruded description of Phelim O'Shea's coat (from 'a loose blue' to 'the centre,' p. 42). For a discussion of the Dickens-Wills attributions, see note to 'Valentine's Day at the Post-Office'.
Pawnshops, their habitues, and their little dramas were subjects that fascinated Dickens and that he often wrote about. As early as 30 June 1835, in 'The Pawnbroker's Shop' - reprinted in Sketches by Boz (1836) - he developed such a scene at length. In his share of the piece below, Dickens dwells on many of the same details and pretences, but now his attitude is more sympathetic.

Harry Stone; © Bloomington and Indiana University Press, 1968. DJO gratefully acknowledges permission to reproduce this material.

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Author Geraldine Endsor Jewsbury
Genre Prose: Short Fiction i
Subjects Family Life; Families; Domestic Relations; Sibling Relations; Kinship; Home;
Great Britain—History
Marriage; Courtship; Love; Sex
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Author Henry Morley
Genre Prose: History i
Subject Europe—History
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Familiar Things

6/12/1851

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Author George Meredith
Genre Poetry: Lyric i
Subject Family Life; Families; Domestic Relations; Sibling Relations; Kinship; Home;
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Author George Augustus Sala
Genre Prose: Report i
Subjects Great Britain—Social Conditions—Nineteenth Century
London (England)—Description and Travel
Ships; Boats; Shipwrecks; Salvage; Merchant Marine; Sailors; Sailing; Submarines (Ships)
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Author Charles Dickens
Genre Prose: Editorial i
Subjects Education—Great Britain; Universities and Colleges; Schools
Literature; Writing; Authorship; Reading; Books; Poetry; Storytelling; Letter Writing
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'Chips: A Free (and Easy) School' is solely by Dickens.
The paper referred to below, 'A Free (and Easy) School,' by Dickens and Henry Morley, appeared in Household Words on 15 November 1851 (see p. 169).
According to Morley, the 'Chip' owed its origin to a strange coincidence. The master of the school turned out to be one of Dickens' old tailors. Morley describes what happened:

Poor Mr. C. [the tailor-schoolmaster] has been several times to Dickens, having been, utterly to my surprise, almost 'snuffed out by an article.' Trustees had been down upon him, and parents were writing to remove their sons. A note from Dickens, with this paragraph ['Chips: A Free (and Easy) School'], have set him right again - as nobody could wish to do him injury. The poor fellow appealed simply for pity - said every word was true, and was, said Dickens, 'quite awe-struck at the cleverness of the young man.' ...
Dickens imitated him, not mockingly - but you know his talent for mimicry - and he expressed quite touchingly the poor fellow's appeal, to which, of course, he had responded generously [Solly, The Life of Henry Morley, p.198].

Six years later, when Morley reprinted 'A Free (and Easy) School' in Gossip he completely changed the physical description of the schoolmaster and completely altered the exterior of the school.

Harry Stone; © Bloomington and Indiana University Press, 1968. DJO gratefully acknowledges permission to reproduce this material.

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A Few Miracles

6/12/1851

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Author Theodore Alois William Buckley
Genre Prose: Digest; Review i
Subjects Europe—History
Great Britain—History
Myth; Legends; Epic Literature; Fables; Allegory; Folklore
Religion; Religion and Culture
Religion—Christianity—General
Supernatural; Superstition; Spiritualism; Clairvoyance; Mesmerism; Ghosts; Fairies; Witches; Magic; Occultism
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