The significance of “this collection of letters is that it shows Dickens writing in his 30s, 40s and 50s and the variety of subjects that occupied his mind,” explained Emily Dunbar, the museum’s curator.
A collection of 11 unpublished letters from the famous British novelist Charles Dickens will be exhibited for the first time at the Charles Dickens Museum located in London (United Kingdom) this Wednesday, revealing information about the plans and reading habits of the author of ‘Oliver Twist’, reports Evening Standard.
In addition to plans for new literary works, letters sent to a friend of his reveal some details of a trip the famous writer made to Switzerland.
In a letter dated February 10, 1866, Dickens complains about the loss of a Sunday postal service and threatens to move from his Kentish village: “I allow myself to say that I most strongly and strongly object to inflicting such inconvenience upon myself.” “.
“There are many people in this town of Higham who probably do not receive and send as many letters in a year as I usually receive and send in a day. […] I am on very good terms with my neighbors, both poor and rich, and I think they would regret losing me,” writes Dickens, reporting that he is forced to sell his “property and leave this part of the country.”
The letters in question are just part of a collection of more than 300 items acquired from an American collector in 2020, including personal belongings, portraits, sketches, posters and books.
“One of the best things about this collection of letters is that it shows Dickens writing in his 30s, 40s and 50s and the variety of subjects that occupied his mind,” explained Emily Dunbar, the museum’s curator.