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Who edited this thing ?
on 15 January 2011
Two of the stories in this collection (The Signalman and The Trial For Murder) are, as you might expect of a Dickens ghost story, beautiflly told and well plotted (with a twist in the tale of each naturally), and there is barely a spare word here to interfere with the progress of the narrative. The third part of the colelction, 'The Haunted House' is a real oddity though. It just seems disjointed, as though Dickens got half way though and couldn't quite figure out how to finish it. Well, that didn't seem...like him, so I did some research, and I now blame whoever edited this collection: what we have here is part one and part seven of a portmanteau of stories originally published in a magazine in 1859, in which five other authors (including Mrs. Gaskell and Wilkie Collins) contributed the other parts. However, those parts are - disappointingly - missing here (they are available free elsewhere on the web).
I'd urge you to download this little collection anyway though: you do get two cracking bits of Dickens for free after all.