Digitisation of letters by Charles Dickens in the Elizabeth Gaskell Collection

John Rylands Library Special Collections Blog

I am pleased to announce that a collection of 31 letters written by Charles Dickens is now available for access online via Manchester Digital Collections.

Engraving of Charles Dickens 1872. Creators John Forster and D.J. Pound

Dickens, author of Christmas Carol, Oliver Twist, Great Expectations and David Copperfield, to name but a few, is considered one of the most eminent authors of the Victorian era. He was also an ardent campaigner for social reform, particularly for the rights of children. Many of Dickens’ novels first appeared in a serialised form in literary magazines and journals, and in 1850 he launched his own journal, Household Words.

Portrait of Elizabeth Gaskell 1832, by William John Thomson

Elizabeth Gaskell, novelist and short-story writer of Cranford, North and South, Wives and Daughters and The Life of Charlotte Bronte, was also a strong believer in social duty, and like Dickens, used fiction to highlight…

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