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George Silverman's Explanation.
1868 - In: THE ATLANTIC MONTHLY, Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1868. Three issues (January-March 1868), bound together in three-quarter red morocco, original wrappers bound in. First Appearance of this curious psychological tale written late in Dickens's career.~The narrator of the story, rescued from a slum childhood and brought up as a clergyman, seems to himself always to be acting with the most nobly disinterested of motives, but is constantly striking others as selfish and disingenuous. There are those who feel he has a beautiful face and those who find it frightening, almost cruel. Believing himself cruelly misjudged, Silverman at the same time has a lurking suspicion of his own guilt. What sort of man is he, really? These ambiguities, in fact, represent the very point of the story, and one feels as if it were haunted by Dickens's troubled consciousness of ambiguities within himself. [Johnson]~In 1867 Dickens sent George Dolby (manager of his forthcoming reading tour) over to America to sell two manuscripts for a thousand pounds each -- this one and "A Holiday Romance" (a group of four whimsical stories supposedly written by children). After considerable frustration Dolby left the manuscript with Ticknor & Fields in Boston, and they published it (as here) in the first three Atlantic issues of 1868. It was not published in book form until 1878, in wrappers by a pirate publisher in Brighton.~These three issues are bound together, by Riviere & Son, in three-quarter red morocco and patterned-cloth boards. The wrappers for all three issues are bound in at the end. Also included in the three issues are "Our Second Girl" by Harriet Beecher Stowe, "The Romance of Certain Old Clothes" by an as-yet little-known Henry James, and other pieces by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Ralph Waldo Emerson and W. Dean Howells. Condition is very good (minor rubbing at the extremities). [Attributes: Soft Cover]
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