The Charles Dickens Originals

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Date

1912

Identifier

Storage PR4581 PZ24

Publisher

London: T. N. Foulis

Abstract

On his 18th birthday, Dickens acquired a ticket for the British Museum reading room. In that same year (1830), he fell head over heels in love with Maria Beadnell, a banker’s daughter. Although she ‘pervaded every chink and crevice’ of his being, the courtship ended in 1833. In 1855, Dickens met Maria again. Disillusionment sunk in; meeting Mrs Henry Winter was a far cry from those nostalgic ‘Copperfield days’. Not one to miss an opportunity, Dickens had portrayed the young Maria as Dora in David Copperfield; she now became the matronly Flora Finching in Little Dorrit.

[Photograph of Maria Beadnell from Edwin Pugh's The Charles Dickens Originals.]

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Cabinet 7 Maria Beadnell.jpg

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Citation

Edwin Pugh, “The Charles Dickens Originals,” ourheritage.ac.nz | OUR Heritage, accessed February 9, 2023, https://otago.ourheritage.ac.nz/items/show/7137.