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. Dickens’s 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.
Prof. Adrian Poole
University of Cambridge
Tony Laing’s Dickens’s Working Notes for "Dombey and Son” offers an extraordinarily thorough editorial apparatus, extensive introductions and appendices, and beautifully reproduced facsimiles and color-coded text. The organization of the book is perspicuous in a way that allows it to be authoritative in its details without being overwhelming.
"Recent Studies in the Nineteenth Century". SEL Studies in English Literature 1500-1900 (1522-9270), vol. 58, no. 4, 2021. doi:10.1353/sel.2018.0038