NOTES: In 1851, under the name of Lady Maria Clutterbuck, Catherine Dickens published a book of meal plans: “What Shall We Have for Dinner?”
Is She his Wife? is the title of an early play by Charles Dickens.
Dickens had a desk built for his reading tours. When illness forced him to stop, he planned to burn this.
Catherine and Charles Dickens had ten children. Dickens separated from his wife in 1858. In the last years of his life, he had a secret relationship with a young actress, Ellen Ternan.
“I have no more to say” is the final sentence of a letter from Dickens to his publishers, Evans and Bradbury. He quarrelled with them over their support for Catherine.