The Begging-Letter Writer
14.2 x 9.4 cm, framed
Dickens's Reprinted Pieces, Vol. 14 of the Charles Dickens Library Edition, facing the engraved title-page.
In this visual introduction to one of Dickens's minor, journalistic pieces, "The Begging-Letter writer" (second in this sequence), Furniss's illustration is highly specific. In contrast, the elaboration of the principal characters in the edition, not entitled Characters in the Story, is just the second of the two "original plates" for this anthology. The collection of characters and situations in miniature has nothing to do with the twenty-eight reprinted pieces from Household Words and All the Year Round. [Commentary continues below.]
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Scanned image and text by Philip V. Allingham.
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