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Dickens' addresses the rumors about his marriage...

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June 12, 1858

HOUSEHOLD WORDS, London, June 12, 1858   This is a very significant issue, as the entire front page is taken up with a "Personal" statement by him about his marital troubles, very much out of character for him as he always kept his personal life separate from his writings & literary fame.
Although this magazine was popular and profitable, arguments with the publishers Bradbury and Evans drove Dickens to stop producing Household Words and to bring out "All The Year Round", which first appeared on 30 April 1859. These disagreements arose, in part, out of Dickens' marital difficulties.
Dickens had formally separated from his wife in 1858 but rumours about him and the actress Ellen Ternan and his sister-in-law, Georgina Hogarth, prompted him to put a personal statement into this issue of the magazine in an attempt to stop them. He hoped that his publishers would print the statement in "Punch" (which they also published) but they would not. Dickens was angered by their attitude and in an attempt to take total control tried to buy out their share. They would not agree to this but after a court case Dickens got his way and Household Words was closed down. The last issue of Household Words was published on 28 May 1859. Its successor All the Year Round,  which was controlled totally by Dickens was even more successful than Household Words, achieving sales of 300,000 at its peak.
Complete in 24 pages, 6 x 9 inches, disbound and in great condition.

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