Obenreizer

Harry Furniss

1910

13 x 8.6 cm framed

Dickens's Christmas Stories, Part Two, Vol. 16 of Charles Dickens Library Edition, facing page 39.

The 1867 Extra Christmas Number's fiction offering in All the Year Round is a Victorian thriller on the Collins model rather than, as its predecessors in Dickens's journals, a framed tale of some seven or eight separate short stories connected by the fortuitous meeting of their various narrators. In the nineteenth-century illustrated editions, the story has consistently been the subject of illustration. [Commentary continued below.]

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