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The British Academy/The Pilgrim Edition of the Letters of Charles Dickens: Volume 12: 1868-1870: 1868-1870 Vol 12 (Dickens: Letters Pilgrim Edition) Hardcover – 14 Mar 2002

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Storey's achievement is outstanding, and every reader of Dickens has cause to be grateful to him.' (Claire Tomalin, Times Literary Supplement)

What distinguishes the Pilgrim edition is that it is enormous fun to read. Its bulging footnotes expose the whole cavalcade of Victorian life, the scandals and personalities, the circuses, theatres, fashions, politics and crimes, the social sweep from slum to palace. But most captivating of all is Dickens's personality, which fizzes and sparkles on every page. (John Carey, The Sunday Times)

This volume brings to a close one of the grandest and most important scholarly projects to have been mounted since the war. I have not one word of criticism for the work of the editors, Graham Storey, Margaret Brown and Kathleen Tillotson. In terms of scrupulous editing and analysis of a writer's private papers, it is on a par with such legendary feats of labour as the Yale editions of Boswell's journals and the 45 volumes of Horace Walpole's letters. Sadly, the great Kathleen Tillotson died before the appearance of this last volume - she was 95, and when she officially retired to a consultancy role in 1977 volume five had been reached, which gives you some idea of the years of investigation and intense consideration which have gone into these 12 volumes ... an absolute triumph. (Philip Hensher, The Spectator)

'one of the great feats of modern literary scholarship' (Jonathan Sumption, The Spectator,)

Review from previous edition: The dynamism the letters convey is breathtaking ... Like its predecessors, this new volume of the Pilgrim edition is a model of imaginative scholarship ... it brings Dickens so close you can almost smell the cigar smoke. The magnificent footnotes (an absorbing read, even without the letters) unroll the whole cavalcade of contemporary life (John Carey, Sunday Times)

teems with ... lovely squiggles of detail. At times we seem to breathe the very air of mid-Victorian London ... It confirms what the Pilgrim editors should never tire of hearing, that this is one of the great undertakings of modern scholarship (Anthony Quinn, Observer)

The editing of the volume is as scrupulous and informative as readers of the Pilgrim edition have by now come to expect. Many quiet triumphs of detection are recorded in the footnotes. (Dan Jacobson, Sunday Telegraph)

this towering and meticulously edited series, which every learned library, every literary historian, must find indispensable. (Alethea Hayter, Times Literary Supplement)

Each volume of this edition wins acclaim as it appears, and it is right that it should do so. Kathleen Tillotson, Graham Storey and their team are deserving of every word of praise accorded to them for their meticulous and wide-ranging research. (Claire Tomalin, London Review of Books)

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