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From an 1851 “list of imitation book-backs” sent by Charles Dickens to a London bookbinder, who fabricated mock books with the fake titles. The New York Public Library re-created part of Dickens’s collection for its current exhibition Charles Dickens: The Key to Character.
Five Minutes in China
Forty Winks at the Pyramids
Mr. Green’s Overland Mail
A Carpenter’s Bench of Bishops
Toot’s Universal Letter-Writer
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“Shelby is waiting for something. He himself does not know what it is. When it comes he will either go back into the world from which he came, or sink out of sight in the morass of alcoholism or despair that has engulfed other vagrants.”