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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 12, page 70, February 20, 1860

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Identifier: DX02874582

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 12, page 70, February 20, 1860

Description: Regarding gossip that Charles Dickens is having an affair with his wife's sister.



Scandal about [Charles] Dickens

Encountered Bob Gun, waiting outside the "Tribune" office for [Charles E.] Wilbour — hoping for his assistance to steer past the present breakers — then back to [132] Bleecker Street. Did but little in the afternoon, scribbling in the evening until midnight and later.

I have heard something to-day about a man whom all the world loves, which one would fain not believe. From two sources, one Abrahams, the other [Arthur] Ledger. The first told it to [Jesse] Haney, some days ago, and today I questioned him. He professes that his family is intimate with that of Charles Dickens', that he, himself, went to school with Dickens' son. He says Dickens lives in criminal intimacy with his wife [Catherine Dickens]'s sister, Miss [Georgina] Hogarth; that the two families (Abrams & Dickens') being at Broadstairs, the servants of the latter tattled about it to those of the former. That he, Abrahams knew of the affair, some years before the explosion, which resulted in the separation between Dickens and his wife. That this Miss Hogarth, who now lives in criminal relationship with Dickens, is a very loveable person, the original of Esther Summerson in Bleak House, that Mrs Dickens is very fat, not agreable; that there was all the

coverage:New York, New York, Church Street

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1860-02-20

Type(s): Diary

Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Books and reading


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