Dickens and Our Mutual Friend

Dickens was fifty-two years old when he began publishing Our Mutual Friend in May of 1864. It was the last novel he completed before his death in 1870. (The Mystery of Edwin Drood, which was being published in serial form during 1870, remained unfinished when he died in June.) Some think Our Mutual Friend one of Dickens's greatest novels; others, like Henry James, thought it his worst. Wherever you side, it is hard to deny that Our Mutual Friend is a huge and powerful achievement in the enormous body of Dickens's work.

This section of "Our Mutual Friend: The Scholarly Pages" provides biographical material about Dickens that contextualizes his life around the time of the novel's writing and publication.