Jemmy and The Major

Harry Furniss

1910

13.1 x 9 cm vignetted

Dickens's Christmas Stories, Vol. 16 of Charles Dickens Library Edition, facing page 432.

The 1863 Christmas framed tale Mrs. Lirriper's Lodgings contained the introduction and conclusion by Dickens himself — and much extraneous material by his staff-writers at All the Year Round. Although orchestrated, introduced, and concluded by Dickens himself in a vein reminiscent of Mrs. Gamp and Todgers's in Martin Chuzzlewit, published two decades earlier, the story as it originally appeared on 12 December 1863 was a collaborative effort by his staffers. [Commentary continued below.]

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