1½ pp., 8vo, tipped to another sheet, three small holes expertly repaired." /> DICKENS, Charles. Autograph letter signed ("Charles Dickens"), with the characteristic flourish, to Miss Oppenheim. Devonshire Terrace, 26 January 1848. <I>1½ pp., 8vo, tipped to another sheet, three small holes expertly repaired</I>. | Christie's
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    The William E. Self Library, Important English and American Literature

    4 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

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    DICKENS, Charles. Autograph letter signed ("Charles Dickens"), with the characteristic flourish, to Miss Oppenheim. Devonshire Terrace, 26 January 1848. 1½ pp., 8vo, tipped to another sheet, three small holes expertly repaired.

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    DICKENS, Charles. Autograph letter signed ("Charles Dickens"), with the characteristic flourish, to Miss Oppenheim. Devonshire Terrace, 26 January 1848. 1½ pp., 8vo, tipped to another sheet, three small holes expertly repaired.

    "I HAVE QUITE MADE UP MY MIND NEVER TO SEEM OLD MYSELF"

    A spirited expression of Dickens's eternally youthful spirit: "The signature of your note," he tells Miss Oppenheim, "carried me back--I won't say how far--rambling among all sorts of old days and once familiar faces. But as I have quite made up my mind never to seem old myself (within, at all events) and never to believe that anybody else has done so, except upon the strongest evidence, it was a very pleasant reminder to me, which I am delighted to acknowledge. Enclosed is the letter you ask me for. Good luck. How the world changes without one's leave! I hadn't the faintest idea that Mrs Woodcock ever had a daughter." Just 36 years old when he wrote this letter, Dickens was at the height of his popularity. The reminiscent tone in this letter seems to presage his literary return to his childhood and the creation of his autobiographical masterpiece, David Copperfield, which he began writing in 1849, in serial installments. Published Letters, 5:239.


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