Book dealer Dr. Jeremy Parrott has discovered a bound collection of All the Year Round with annotations that, according to leading scholars, are "almost certainly" by Dickens himself, identifying the authors of all the anonymous pieces that were published in the magazine. Among these writers are Elizabeth Gaskell, Lewis Carroll, and Wilkie Collins. Said BBC financial broadcaster Paul Lewis: "This is the Rosetta Stone of Victorian studies because it gives you the key to what hundreds of people wrote. When this list emerges it will change Victorian scholarship.”
The Dickens Museum has received a grant from the National Heritage Memorial Fund to buy the desk and chair where Dickens wrote his final three books, for permanent display at the museum. The Guardian,BBC News, and Fine Books & Collections have the story.
There's something humanizing, even a little comforting, in the thought that the young Charles Dickens, when in love, was as prone to outbursts of weak poetry as the next person. What he'd say if he knew those poetic attempts were now on display to museumgoers, though, is perhaps better left to the imagination.