Early Dickens


“He may just go to the Devil”: The Stormy Collaboration of Dickens and Cruikshank


This post has been contributed by Laurena Tsudama. In a letter to his publisher John Macrone on October 19, 1836, the young author Charles Dickens wrote: “I have long believed Cruikshank to be mad; and his letter therefore, surprises me, not a jot. If you...

Finding Bleak House in Martin Chuzzlewit


This post has been contributed by Matthew Redmond. As many of us know too well, The Modern Library prefaces every Dickens novel with a three-page headnote titled “Charles Dickens,” which strives to outline certain crucial moments of his life and career. Perhaps the biggest turning...