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DICKENS, Charles. The Case of the Reformers in the Literary Fund stated by Charles W. Dilke, Charles Dickens, and John Forster. [London]: Bradbury and Evans, March 1858.
8° (208 x 136mm). (Light fold marks, slight marginal soiling.) Stitched as issued.
A SCARCE PAMPHLET, WHOLLY WRITTEN BY DICKENS. It followed the defeat of a reform proposal by four votes at the Annual General Meeting of 1855, and further unsatisfactory responses up to the time of publication. "The case of the reformers summed up, is: That the Literary Fund Society is a Society of abuses, because it is governed, in direct opposition to the spirit of its Charter, by an irresponsible Committee; because it limits its proceedings ... to dealing with the followers of literature as beggars only; and because its enormous annual expenditure will not bear comparison with the expenditure of any other similar institution on the face of the earth". Gimbel B255.
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