Unequal Partners: Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins, and Victorian Authorship

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Cornell University Press, 2002 - Literary Criticism - 221 pages
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In the first book centering on the collaborative relationship between Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins, Lillian Nayder places their coauthored works in the context of the Victorian publishing industry and shows how their fiction and drama represent and reconfigure their sometimes strained relationship. She challenges the widely accepted image of Dickens as a mentor of younger writers such as Collins, points to the ways in which Dickens controlled and profited from his literary "satellites," and charts Collins's development as an increasingly significant and independent author.

The pair's collaborations for Household Words and All the Year Round explicitly addressed Victorian labor disputes and political unrest, and Nayder reads the stories in terms of the social and imperial conflicts that both provided their themes and enabled Dickens and Collins to mediate their own personal and professional differences. Nayder's discussion of the collaboration and its principals is greatly enriched by archival research into unpublished and unfamiliar material, including the manuscripts of The Frozen Deep.

  

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Contents

Introduction
1
Professional Writers and Hired Hands Household Words and the Victorian Publishing Business
15
Collins Joins Dickenss Management Team The Wreck of the Golden Mary
35
The Cannibal the Nurse and the Cook Variants of The Frozen Deep
60
Class Consciousness and the Indian Mutiny The Collaborative Fiction of 1857
100
No Thoroughfare The Problem of Illegitimacy
129
Crimes of the Empire Contagion of the East The Moonstone and The Mystery of Edwin Drood
163
This Unclean Spirit of Imitation Dickens and the Problem of Collinss Influence
198
Works Cited
203
Index
211
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About the author (2002)

Lillian Nayder is Professor and Chair of English at Bates College. She is the author of Unequal Partners: Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins, and Victorian Authorship and The Other Dickens .

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