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date: 23 June 2024

Forster, John (1812–76), 

The Oxford Reader's Companion to Dickens
Robin GilmourRobin Gilmour

Dickens's oldest friend and first significant biographer. Forster came from unitarian stock in Newcastle, the second child of a butcher, a fact about which he remained touchy all his life; and was educated at Newcastle Grammar School. A fascination with literature and, in particular, with the theatre, drew him to London, and in ... ...

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