John Forster (essay date 1890)
SOURCE: Forster, John. “Hard Experiences in Boyhood (1822-4).” In The Life of Charles Dickens, pp. 19-33. London: J. M. Dent & Sons, 1966.
[In the following excerpt, originally published in 1890, Dickens's friend and biographer John Forster offers Dickens's own recollection of the Warren's Blacking Factory period of his boyhood and how this was incorporated into his fiction from Oliver Twist to Martin Chuzzlewit and David Copperfield.]
The incidents to be told now would probably never have been known to me, or indeed any of the occurrences of his childhood and youth, but for the accident of a question which I put to him one day in the March or...
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