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  • Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Charles Dickens’ Debt to Henry Fielding 


    Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Charles Dickens’ Debt to Henry Fielding
    Published 29 Apr 2013

    When Charles Dickens’ sixth son was born on January 16, 1849, the boy was named for one of Dickens’ favorite authors. Supposedly Dickens had first thought to name the boy after Oliver Goldsmith, but he feared the child would be ridiculed as “Oliver always asking for more.” Instead he named his son Henry Fielding Dickens, after legendary 18th-century author Henry Fielding. Though Dickens was born too late to meet Fielding, his predecessor had a profound impact on Dickens’ work.

  • Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Red Jack 


    Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Red Jack
    Published 12 Feb 2013

    ‘Until the 1950’s, Jack London was by far the most popular American author in Soviet Russia.  Over thirteen million copies of his works have been printed since the Revolution.  Even today [i.e. 1962] he continues as a popular classic, and it is probable that over the Soviet period as a whole he has been read more widely than any other non-Russian author.

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