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Dickens, Charles
AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED ("CD" IN A HEART-SHAPED PARAPH), TO GEORGINA HOGARTH ("DEAREST GEORGY")
updating her on an unauthorised theatrical production of a short story ("...'We' are in the full swing of stopping managers from playing a Message from the Sea. I privately doubt the strength of our position in the Court of Chancery, if we try it, but it is worth trying...") and reassuring her that his health is improving, 2 pages, 12mo, text on rectos only, headed stationery of All the Year Round, 9 January 1861
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Provenance

William E. Self, his sale, Christie's, New York, 4 December 2009, lot 93

Literature

The Letters of Charles Dickens, vol. 9, ed. Storey (1997), p.365

Catalogue Note

A LETTER TO HIS COMPANION AND CONFIDANTE ABOUT ATTEMPTS TO ENFORCE HIS INTELLECTUAL RIGHTS. Dickens, then in the midst of writing Great Expectations, together with his fellow collaborators in All The Year Round, were attempting to prevent the performance of C.H. Hazlewood's unauthorised dramatization of Dickens's 'A Message from the Sea', which had appeared in the Christmas 1860 issue of the magazine. Dickens's mixed feelings about going to law are evident in this letter especially as the manager of the offending theatre, The Britannia, was "a very good man whom I respect".

English Literature, History, Children’s Books and Illustrations, including The Garrett Herman Collection: The Age of Darwin

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