FREDERICK GEORGE KITTON (1856–1904)
"Phiz" (Hablot Knight Browne) A Memoir: Including A Selection From His Correspondence And Notes On His Principal Works (1882)
"Taking into consideration the ability of the Artist whose name has become identified with the works of Dickens, of Lever, and of Ainsworth; and who has contributed in the course of the present century more largely (perhaps with the single exception of Cruikshank) to the embellishment of popular books than any other known illustrator; it would seem an inexcusable omission, almost amounting to neglect, if the life and labours of the late Hablot Knight Browne met with no more worthy recognition than the fleeting comments of the daily press.
Such, at least, is my opinion; and as a humble tribute to the memory of an able and industrious draughtsman, and fertile designer, I place on record the more generally interesting particulars of an honourable and exemplary career." (Preface)
John Leech, Artist And Humorist: A Biographical Sketch (1883)
"Who has been more successful than JOHN LEECH in producing such results as these, who more worthy of recognition for his genius as artist and humourist? Being fully cognizant of those powers which he possessed, that have provoked us to peals of laughter, and induced in us a fund of merriment, I have endeavoured, in these pages, to gather together the more important facts that went to make up his career as an artist and a man, together with several anecdotes, some of which have never previously been printed. It is somewhat strange that, although nearly twenty years have elapsed since the artist's death, no formal biography of him has ever been written. Excellent essays have appeared from time to time, in magazines and elsewhere, to which I acknowledge my indebtedness for many interesting incidents contained in this book, but I think I may safely assert that the present humble attempt to do honour to the memory of a wonderfully gifted artist has resulted in the most comprehensive account of his life and works that has yet been published. I venture to hope, however, that the task which I have undertaken may eventually fall into abler hands than mine that a much more worthy tribute may be paid, and greater justice done to the memory of the brightest and kindliest artistic genius of our time." (Preface)
A Supplement To Charles Dickens By Pen And Pencil: Including Anecdotes And Reminiscences Collected From His Friends And Contemporaries (1890)
Divided into brief sections.
The Novels Of Charles Dickens: A Bibliography And Sketch (1897)
Dickens And His Illustrators (1899, 2nd Edition)
Zechariah Buck, Mus.D., Cantor, Organist And Master Of The Choristers At Norwich Cathedral, 1817–1877: A Centenary Memoir (1899)
Minor Writings Of Charles Dickens (1900)
"THE present volume, following that on "The Novels of Charles Dickens" published in 1897, completes the bibliographical history of the various writings of the Novelist, dating from the time when his first printed paper appeared in the Monthly Magazine, December, 1833, until "that fatal day" in June, 1870, when his prolific pen was finally laid aside, never again to delight us by its humour or affect us to tears by its pathos.
No such comprehensive and exact account of Dickens' s literary productions has hitherto been attempted as that which (I venture to hope) is accomplished in this volume and its predecessor." (Preface)
Charles Dickens: His Life, Writings, And Personality (1901)
"In preparing this Life of "Immortal Boz", it has been my endeavour faithfully to register, chronologically, the incidents and achievements appertaining thereto, and, in so doing, I have adopted a course previously unattempted by biographers of England's most popular Novelist. In striving to maintain an absolute sequence of events, difficulties have occasionally opposed themselves, compelling me to abandon, for the moment, such an arbitrary plan; I have completed, for example, the bibliographical accounts of certain books in preference to giving a disjointed relation by interpolating irrelevant matter. I trust, nevertheless, that so slight a departure from strict consecutiveness does not seriously impair the continuity of the narrative.
To approach such a formidable task as that involved in writing the biography of one who, like Dickens, crowded so many activities into his life requires not a little courage, application, and patience ; indeed, to produce the biography of any man that shall be at once a true portrait, of the inward as well as the outward of him, demands qualifications which are rarely discoverable. The possession of those qualifications I do not pretend to have acquired ; but I may claim for the present work that it is a faithful chronicle of facts and data, obtained from trustworthy sources, and compiled by an ardent student and disciple of that mighty Magician who so effectually wielded his pen in the great cause of Humanity.
There have appeared from time to time critical and instructive commentaries upon "Boz", considering him not only in his capacity as Author, but also as Stenographer, Journalist, Editor, Actor, Public Reader, Orator, Art Critic, Political Economist, and Social Reformer. In order to conceive what manner of man he was, it is evidently essential that this "unique of talents" (to borrow Carlyle's phrase) should be comprehensively studied, and I have therefore ventured, in the two concluding chapters of this volume, to dilate upon his characteristics and idiosyncrasies—to make manifest his views and opinions on Literature, Art, Science, and Politics, and reveal his habits, methods of work, taste in dress, &c. Intelligence of this nature, supplemented by a series of portraits and word-pictures, should enable the reader to understand the real Dickens, and to obtain an accurate perception of his personality." (Preface)
The Dickens Country (1911, 2nd Edition) · Introduction by Arthur Waugh (1866–1943)
"It seems but a week or two ago that Frederic Kitton first mentioned to me the preparation of the volume to which I have now the melancholy privilege of prefixing a few words of introduction and valediction. It was in my office in Covent Garden, where he used often to drop in of an afternoon and talk, for a spare half-hour at the end of the day, of Dickens and Dickensian interests. We were speaking of a book which had just been published, somewhat similar in scope to the volume now in the reader’s hand, and Kitton, with that thoroughly genial sympathy which always marked his references to other men’s work, praised warmly and heartily the good qualities which he had found in its composition. Then, quite quietly, and as though he were alluding to some entirely unimportant side-issue, he added: "I have a book rather on the same lines on the stocks myself, but I don’t know when it will get finished". That was a little more than a year ago, and in the interval how much has happened! The book has, indeed, "got finished" in the pressure of that indefatigable industry which his friends knew so well, but its author was never to see it in type. Almost before it had received his finishing touches, the bright, kindly, humane spirit of Frederic Kitton was "at rest and forever". He died on Saturday, September 10, 1904, and left the world appreciably poorer by the loss of a sincere and zealous student, a true and generous man." (Introduction)
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