Dickensís Working Notes for Dombey and Son

Dickensís Working Notes for Dombey and Son Tony Laing
Forthcoming in 2017

This book is the result of a huge amount of scholarly labour, is comprehensively thought through, clearly and scrupulously presented, and genuinely useful to Dickens scholars. Dickensís Working Notes for Dombey and Son is more accessible than the equivalent portion of Harry Stone's expensive standard publication, Dickens's Working Notes (1987), and superior in the quality and detail of the presentation, and the useful commentary, both to Stone and the various paperback editions of this pivotal novel in Dickens's career. Above all, it uses the possibilities of digital technology to very good effect: it makes an important advance on existing critical editions in its representation of Dickens's creative process.
óProf. Adrian Poole, University of Cambridge


This critical edition of the working notes for Dombey and Son (1848) is ideal for readers who wish to know more about Dickensís craft and creativity. Drawing on the authorís manuscript in the Victoria and Albert Museum, Londonóand containing hyperlinked facsimilesóDickensís Working Notes for Dombey and Son offers a new digital transcription with a fresh commentary by Tony Laing. Unique and innovative, this is the only edition to make Dickensís working methods visible.

John Mullan has called Dombey and Son Dickensís 'first great novel.' Set amid the coming of the railways, it tells the story of a powerful manótypical of the commercial and banking magnates of the periodóand the effect he has on his family and those around him. Laing presents the worksheets and other materials (transcribed for the first time) that together grew into the novel. Reading the book alongside this edition of the notes enlarges the understanding of Dickensís art among teachers, students, researchers and Dickens enthusiasts.

As cultural tastes shift from print to digital, Dickensís Working Notes helps preserve Dickensís work for the future. The magnifying and linking functions of the edition mean that the notes are more easily and usefullyónot to mention accessiblyóexhibited here than elsewhere. Laing gives present-day readers the chance not only to recapture the effect of serial publication but also to gain greater insight into the making of a work which, by general agreement and Dickensís own admission, has a special place in his development as a novelist.


Dickensís Working Notes for 'Dombey and Son'

Tony Laing
ISBN Paperback: 9781783742233
ISBN Hardback: 9781783742240
ISBN Digital (PDF): 9781783742257
ISBN Digital ebook (epub): 9781783742264
ISBN Digital ebook (mobi): 9781783742271
DOI: 10.11647/OBP.0092
Subject codes: BIC: DSK (Literary studies: fiction, novelists and prose writers); BISAC: LIT004120 (Literary criticism / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh), LIT024040 (Literary criticism / Modern / 19th Century)


Tony Laing is a lifelong reader, teacher and admirer of Dickensís work. He has taught in primary and secondary schools, colleges and universities in the UK, Before he retired, he was principal lecturer in English at Anglia Ruskin University and a recognized teacher of the Institute of Education in the University of London.