Wilkie Collins's American Tour 1873-4
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In 1873, Wilkie Collins followed the example of fellow literary celebrities Dickens and Thackeray and began a six-month reading tour of America. Hanes places this tour within the American lyceum movement of the late 19th century. Through close examination of personal letters, news accounts and newspaper reviews, she builds a picture of the relationship between Collins and the American reading public. Part of The History of the Book series that explores questions of authorship, readership and publication.