(Jonathan McAloon’s article appeared in the Telegraph, 7/13.)

Victorian authors often published in magazines anonymously. But notes by Charles Dickens himself have revealed the illustrious authors behind many of the pieces in the periodical he edited.

A newly discovered bound collection of All the Year Round, a magazine edited by Dickens, shows the Great Expectations author’s own handwriting. His annotations indicate that previously anonymous short stories, poems and articles were written by North and South author Elizabeth Gaskell, Alice in Wonderland creator Lewis Carroll and The Woman in White author Wilkie Collins.

Antiquarian book dealer Jeremy Parrott discovered the marginalia in a previously unopened collection of 20 issues of the magazine, which he bought from a fellow book dealer in Wrexham.


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