Bibliography of the Writings of Charles Dickens: With Many Curious and Interesting Particulars Relating to His Works (Google eBook)

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F. Kerslake, 1879 - 88 pages
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Page 22 - Of all my books, I like this the best. It will be easily believed that I am a fond parent to every child of my fancy, and that no one can ever love that family as dearly as I love them. But, like many fond parents, I have in my heart of hearts a favourite child. And his name is DAVID COPPERFIELD.
Page 21 - Oh, my dear, dear Dickens! what a No. 5 you have now given us! I have so cried and sobbed over it last night, and again this morning ; and felt my heart purified by those tears, and blessed and loved you for making me shed them; and I never can bless and love you enough.
Page 74 - I'll sing you a new ballad, and I'll warrant it first-rate, Of the days of that old gentleman who had that old estate ; When they spent the public money at a bountiful old rate On ev'ry mistress, pimp, and scamp, at ev'ry noble gate, In the fine old English Tory times ; Soon may they come again ! The good old laws were garnished well with gibbets, whips, and chains. With fine old English penalties, and fine old English pains, With rebel heads and seas of blood once hot in rebel...
Page 78 - twas boyish fancy, for the reader Was youngest of them all, But, as he read, from clustering pine and cedar A silence seemed to fall; The fir-trees, gathering closer in the shadows. Listened in every spray, While the whole camp, with " Nell " on English meadows Wandered and lost their way.
Page 75 - But neither when you sport your pen, Oh, potent mirth-compeller ! Winning our hearts " in monthly parts," Can Pickwick or Sam Weller Cause us to weep with pathos deep, Or shake with laugh spasmodical. As when you drain your copious vein For Bentley's periodical.
Page i - Magazine, appended to the monthly cover of this book, and retained long afterwards, was the nickname of a pet child, a younger brother, whom I had dubbed Moses, in honour of the Vicar of Wakefield ; which being facetiously pronounced through the nose, became Boses, and being shortened, became Boz. Boz was a very familiar household word to me, long before I was an author, and so I came to adopt it.
Page 20 - ... daily enforced upon me by the nature of my avocation here and the state of my health. This testimony, so long as I live, and so long as my descendants have any legal right in my books, I shall cause to be republished, as an appendix to every copy of those two books of mine in which I have referred to America. And this I will do and cause to be done, not in mere love and thankfulness, but because I regard it as an act of plain justice and honour.
Page 23 - He no more thought, God forgive him ! that the admired original would ever be charged with the imaginary vices of the fictitious creature than he has himself ever thought of charging the blood of Desdemona and Othello on the innocent Academy model who sat for lago's leg in the picture.
Page 23 - sort of gay and ostentatious wilfulness' in the humouring of a subject, which had many a time delighted him, and impressed him as being unspeakably whimsical and attractive, was the airy quality he wanted for the man he invented. Partly for this reason, and partly (he has since often grieved to think) for the pleasure it afforded him to find that delightful manner reproducing itself under his hand, he yielded to the temptation of too often making the character speak like his old friend.
Page ii - Ladies and gentlemen, for these marks of your favour, we beg to return you our sincere thanks; and allow us to inform you, that we shall keep perpetually going on beginning again, regularly, until the end of the fair.

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