New York: Simon and Schuster, 1934. First Edition. Cloth. Small 8vo (7 5/8" x 4 3/4"), green cloth, Mylar-protected pictorial dust jacket (unclipped) with profile of Dickens, 128 pages. Fine / Fine. Item #2125
Charles Dickens (1812 – 1870) created some of the world's best-known fictional characters and is regarded by many as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era.
Despite his lack of formal education, Dickens edited a weekly journal for 20 years, wrote 15 novels, five novellas, hundreds of short stories and non-fiction articles, lectured and performed extensively, was an indefatigable letter writer, and campaigned vigorously for children's rights, education, and other social reforms.
The Life of Our Lord is a book Dickens wrote about the life of Jesus Christ for his young children between 1846 and 1849, at about the time that he was writing David Copperfield. The Life of Our Lord was published in 1934, 64 years after Dickens' death.
A Christian, Dickens wrote The Life of Our Lord exclusively for his children, to whom he read it aloud every Christmas. He strictly forbade publication of The Life during his own lifetime and begged his sister-in-law, Georgina Hogarth, to make sure that the Dickens family "would never even hand the manuscript, or a copy of it, to anyone to take out of the house." His handwritten manuscript was passed down to Georgina Hogarth after Dickens's death in 1870. On her death in 1917, it came into the possession of Sir Henry Fielding Dickens, Dickens's last surviving son. The Dickens family continued to read it at every Christmas and, at the author's request, delayed publication until the last of Dickens's children had died.