Newswire: Newly discovered Dickens notes solve Victorian authorship mystery

From 1859 until his death in 1870, Charles Dickens ran a weekly magazine called All Year Round. It’s where A Tale Of Two Cities and Great Expectations were first serialized, alongside works by contemporaries like Elizabeth Gaskell, Wilkie Collins, and Edward Bulwer-Lytton, the largely forgotten bestseller king responsible for coining phrases like “the pen is mightier than the sword,” “the almighty dollar,” and the notorious “It was a dark and stormy night.” After Dickens’ death, All Year Round was taken over by the writer’s eldest son, who used it to publish works by the likes of Anthony Trollope and Sheridan Le Fanu.

It was, in other words, a happening place for Victorian literature. But, as was the standard at the time, many of the articles, essays, and poems in All Year Round ran without bylines, leading to over a century of literary speculation. Now, a bound set of …

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