The OUPblog at Oxford University Press has an interesting new post about Dickens's frequent collaborations with other authors. Here's an excerpt:
"In this aspect of his editorial and authorial life, Dickens was often less autocratic and bullying than scholar[s] have recognized. He wrote less than a full third of the total amount of prose and verse in the Christmas numbers, and he often didn’t get his way. Dickens printed endings he did not like under his own name, asked another person to co-write more than one frame story, allowed yet another person to decide upon the ordering of stories, and included a poem that approves of cannibalism in stark contrast to his own other published work on the subject. As often as Dickens is defensive or controlling, he is playful and self-conscious about the collaborative dynamics between himself and his contributors."
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