Charles Dickens as I Knew Him The Story of the Reading Tours in Great Britain and America 1866-1870

by George Dolby

Part of the Cambridge Library Collection - Literary Studies Series

Charles Dickens as I Knew Him The Story of the Reading Tours in Great Britain and America 1866-1870 Synopsis

George Dolby (?-1900) was the manager of Charles Dickens' highly successful reading tours in England and America between 1866 and 1870. He published this memoir of Dickens in 1885. Dickens was a keen amateur actor and had many friends involved with the theatre. He had begun public readings from his works in 1853 for charity, but in 1858 his first for-profit tour, lasting three months, covered much of England, Scotland and Ireland, and netted over GBP10,000. Without props or costumes, he brought his most popular characters to life, and continued to undertake lengthy and exhausting tours until shortly before his death (which some believed had been hastened by his exertions on stage). Dolby's account covers only the period of his own connection with Dickens, but he describes in detail the constant travel which the tours entailed, the people they encountered, and the enthusiastic response with which Dickens was everywhere received.

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ISBN: 9781108039796
Publication date: 22nd December 2011
Author: George Dolby
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 486 pages
Categories: Literary studies: c 1800 to c 1900 ,

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