The Press: $5-a-Word Dickens

When he finished writing The Life of Our Lord, A History of Our Savior Jesus Christ, in 1849, Charles Dickens gave the book, not to his publishers, but to his six children. When he died, the book went to his sister-in-law, Georgina Hogarth. She left it to Sir Henry Fielding Dickens, Charles Dickens' sixth son, stipulating that it must not be published until after his death.

Seven weeks ago Sir Henry Fielding died, after being hit by a motorcycle. Through Curtis Brown. Ltd., London literary agents, Lady Dickens last week sold world publication...

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