1880 Poems Of Adelaide Procter,Charles Dickens Intro A+

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  • Sold Date: Mar 30, 2009
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Up for auction is this excellent condition 1880 Gilt Edges poetry book that has an introduction by Charles Dickens titled:

THE POEMS OF ADELAIDE A. PROCTER

COMPLETE EDITION

WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY CHARLES DICKENS

NEW YORK

1880

AN INTRODUCTION.

BV CHARLES DICKENS.

In the spring of the year 1853, I observed, as conductor of the weekly journal, Household Words, a short poem among the proffered contributions, very different, as I thought, from the shoal of verses perpetually setting through the office of such a periodical, and possessing much more merit. Its authoress was quite unknown to me. She was one Miss Mary Berwick, whom I had never heard of; and she was to be addressed by letter, if addressed at all, at a circulating library in the western district of London. Through this channel, Miss Berwick was informed that her poem was accepted, and was invited to send another. She complied, and became a regular and frequent contributor. Many letters passed between the journal and Miss Berwick, but Miss Berwick herself was never seen.

How we came gradually to establish, at the office of Household Words, that we knew all about Miss Berwick, I have never discovered. But, /ve settled somehow, to our complete satisfaction, that she was governess in a family ; that she
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