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The Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices by Wilkie Collins, Charles Dickens

The Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices


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The Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices by Wilkie Collins, Charles Dickens

In autumn 1857, Charles Dickens embarked on a sightseeing trip to Cumberland with his friend, the rising star of literature Wilkie Collins. Writing together, they reported their adventures for Dickens' periodical Household Words, producing a delightful meditation on the pleasures of bachelor bonding and an example of collaborative journalism at its best. The Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices showcases both long-cherished and entirely novel sides of these well-loved men of letters. Boasting two ghost stories from undisputed masters of the genre, it also uniquely demonstrates their glee in caricaturing themselves and one another. Through their fictional counterparts, the men relentlessly satirise Dickens' maniacal energy and Collins' idleness. The result is an exuberant diary of a journey and a rare insight into one of literature's most famed and intriguing friendships.

About the Author

Wilkie Collins (1824-89) was an English novelist, playwright and author of short stories. His best-known works are The Woman in White, The Moonstone and No Name. Charles Dickens (1812-70) is one of England's most important literary figures. His works enjoyed enormous success in his day and are still regarded as among the most popular and widely read classics of all time.

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Publication date

25th March 2011


Wilkie Collins, Charles Dickens

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Hesperus Press Ltd


112 pages


Classic travel writing



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