1page, 8vo, matted and framed with engraved portrait of Dickens." /> DICKENS, Charles. Autograph letter signed 9"Charles Dickens"), with the usual elaborate flourish, to S. Smiles, Esq. (1812-1904), Tavistock House, 2 November 1857. <I>1page, 8vo, matted and framed with engraved portrait of Dickens</I>. | Christie's
  • The William E. Self Library, I auction at Christies

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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 9"Charles Dickens"), with the usual elaborate flourish, to S. Smiles, Esq. (1812-1904), Tavistock House, 2 November 1857. 1page, 8vo, matted and framed with engraved portrait of Dickens.

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    DICKENS, Charles. Autograph letter signed 9"Charles Dickens"), with the usual elaborate flourish, to S. Smiles, Esq. (1812-1904), Tavistock House, 2 November 1857. 1page, 8vo, matted and framed with engraved portrait of Dickens.

    DICKENS WRITES TO A FELLOW REFORMER in this short note to Smiles solicitor: "The enclosed passes having expired, allow me with many thanks to return them to you." Smiles is best known as the author--two years after this letter--of his Self-Help, with Illustrations of Chracter and Conduct. A remarkable man of varied talents, and careers, the Scottish-born Smiles began as a reforming journalist and editor, penning strong pro-workman pieces for the Leeds Times. But, like Dickens, he distrusted organized political radicalism, and "came to look to individual improvement rather than structural change as the chief means of social advance" (DNB). In addition to a prolific literary career, Smiles also worked as a secretary for the South Eastern Railway, hence his correspondence with Dickens over railway passes.



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