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Record 12114

Reading Experience:

'I also return the Grimaldi MS. I have thought the matter over, and looked it over, too. It is very badly done, and is so redolent of twaddle that I fear I can not take it up on any conditions to which you would be disposed to accede. I should require to be ensured three hundred pounds in the first instance without any reference to the Sale-and as I should be bound to stipulate in addition that the work should never be published in Numbers, I think it would scarcely serve your purpose.'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: 30 Oct 1837
Country: England
Time: evening: Monday
Place: city: London
specific address: 48 Doughty Street
Type of Experience (Reader):
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
Type of Experience (Listener):
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Reader:Charles Dickens
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 7 Feb 1812
Socio-economic group: Clerk / tradesman / artisan / smallholder
Occupation: Journalist and writer
Religion: Church of England
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Wilks
Title: Memoirs of Joseph Grimaldi
Genre: Biography
Form of Text: Manuscript: Unknown
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown
Sent to Dickens from Bentley.


Source Information:

Record ID: 12114  
Source - Print  
  Author: Charles Dickens
  Editor: Madeline House
  Title: The Letters of Charles Dickens: Volume One: 1820-1839
  Place of Publication: Oxford
  Date of Publication: 1965
  Vol: 1
  Page: 326
  Additional comments: Additional editor: Graham Storey. Published by Clarendon Press as the Pilgrim edition.

Citation: Charles Dickens, Madeline House (ed.), The Letters of Charles Dickens: Volume One: 1820-1839 (Oxford, 1965), 1, p. 326,, accessed: 18 January 2022

Additional comments:

Letter to Richard Bentley. Note 5 (p.326) explains that this letter refers to Wilks?s revision of the memoirs of Joseph Grimaldi the clown (1779-1837), recently bought for ?85 by Bentley, who had asked CD to edit it. CD eventually agreed to undertake the work for ?300 and a share in the profits on condition that he appeared as the editor not the author. It was eventually published on 23rd Feb as Memoirs of Joseph Grimaldi (see p. 662 for the agreement between CD and Bentley.)



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