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date: 25 March 2019

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Taking the tributes made to Dickens at the end of his life as its starting point, this chapter seeks to explore ways in which Dickens was regarded by his public and the range of opportunities which existed to create that image. It considers his association with Christmas, his relation with his reading public, his journalism and editing of two major periodicals, his social awareness and philanthropic involvement, his performance in public readings and giving speeches, and his cultivation of his public image through prefaces, addresses, and correspondence. Many people felt he was personally known to them. But alongside this sense of him that he cultivated throughout his lifetime ran a depth of privacy and indeed secrecy about certain aspects of his personal life only partially revealed posthumously by his designated biographer, John Forster. The connections and disconnections between his public life and his private one continue to be subjects for further study.

Keywords: public, tributes, image, philanthropy, performance, readings, speeches, journals, Christmas, correspondence

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