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Beschreibung des Verlags
December 2, 2007 marked the 140th anniversary of a phenomenon that occurred in Boston in 1867--when a select audience heard Charles Dickens' first public reading in America. What had begun as Dickens' mission to reach a nonreading public in England and America quickly became his other career, a career that spanned seventeen years and catapulted the novelist from stardom to superstardom on both sides of the Atlantic. Yet one who sets out to revive interest in what eyewitnesses once called a "marvel" or "miracle" will make two surprising discoveries. One, scant attention has been paid to the only endeavor that displayed Dickens' genius as novelist, reformer, and performer. Two, the drama behind the scenes of the Dickens' readings is just as intriguing as the readings themselves. An insider's play-by-play account of Dickens' 1842 American tour appeared in The Atlantic Monthly shortly after Dickens' death in 1870, but to get an accurate picture of what went on during the 1867 tour, one must stitch together bits and pieces from many different sources.