"I have always striven in my writings to express veneration for the life and lessons of Our Saviour, because I feel it; and because I rewrote that history for my children every one of whom knew it from having it repeated to them long before they could read, and almost as soon as they could speak."
Charles Dickens, letter to John M. Makeham, June 8, 1870
An 1837 letter from Dickens to John Forster, presenting him with an "extra super bound" copy of The Pickwick Papers, will be auctioned off on Friday. The Daily Mail has the details and a very good photo of the letter.
An 1858 letter from Dickens to his solicitor, making arrangements related to his and Catherine's separation, was found in an old Bible in Blockley, England. Naturally, the papers chose to sensationalize it as being about "his desperation to be rid of his wife," though in fact it conveys no such message.
Upon my return from London for events surrounding the Dickens Bicentenary. I received an email from a fellow Dickens Web site owner, Ritva Raesmaa, from Finland. She also attended the events, although sadly I did not meet her. She summed up the few days in London as a “once in a lifetime” trip . . . and I heartily agree!
I don't know if I believe in handwriting analysis, but I find it fascinating. One expert, Allie Bradley, tried her hand at analyzing two samples of Dickens's handwriting. All these samples told me was that his handwriting was hard to read, but she deduced several personality traits from them. How do you think she did?