Servants at The Holly Tree
13.7 x 9 cm vignetted
Dickens's Christmas Stories, Charles Dickens Library Edition, facing XVI, 84.
Most of Dickens's seasonal offerings in the weekly journals Household Words (1851-58) and All the Year Round (1859-1867), appeared in substantial "Extra Christmas" numbers, and The Holly-Tree Inn was no exception, being the multi-part or framed tale for Christmas 1855, the principal collaborator of the novella being the novelist and Dickens protegé Wilkie Collins, who provided the second story, "The Ostler." [Commentary continued below.]
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