- Contributors to this Issue
Leon Litvack, Reader in Victorian Studies at the Queen’s University of Belfast, is Principal Editor of The Charles Dickens Letters Project. He is currently editing Our Mutual Friend for the Clarendon series, and curating a Dickens photographic exhibition at the Duomo di Carrara, Italy, to coincide with the 2017 International Dickens Fellowship conference.
Goldie Morgentaler is Professor of English at the University of Lethbridge, where she teaches 19th-century British and American literature, as well as modern Jewish literature. Her translation from Yiddish to English of Chava Rosenfarb’s short story collection, Survivors, won an MLA Book Award and is the current selection of the 2017 Great Jewish Book Club.
William F. Long is Emeritus Professor in Biochemistry at the University of Aberdeen. He has published several articles for The Dickensian and Dickens Quarterly and contributed to The Oxford Readers’ Companion to Dickens.
Giles Whiteley is Assistant Professor of English literature at Stockholm University, where he focuses on nineteenth century comparative literature. He has published mainly on the aestheticism movement, including the monographs Oscar Wilde and the Simulacrum: the Truth of Masks (2015) and Aestheticism and the Philosophy of Death: Walter Pater and Post-Hegelianism (2010), the latter nominated for the Balakian Prize, as well as articles on Coleridge, Kipling and Mansfield. He completed his PhD in 2009 at the University of Manchester, supervised by Terry Eagleton and Jeremy Tambling, who fostered his love of Dickens. [End Page 83]
It was said by the wise and witty SYDNEY SMITH, that many Englishmen appear to have a remarkable satisfaction in even speaking of large sums of money, and that when men of this stamp say of Mr So-and-So, “I am told he is worth TWO-HUN-dred THOU-sand POUNDS,” there is a relish in their emphasis, an unctuous appetite and zest in their open-mouthed enunciation, which nothing but the one inspiring theme, Money, develops in them.
That this is an accurate piece observation, few who observe at all will dispute. Its application is limited to no class of society, and it is even more generally true of the genteel than of the vulgar.
Household Words, 3 November 1853 [End Page 84]