From reviews of volume five: "The appearance of a volume of the Pilgrim Edition of Dickens's letters is an event of great moment in the world of English literary scholarship.... Indispensable to the scholar and of absorbing interest to the general reader."--English Studies. "Any true admirer of Dickens ought to be left both stunned and delighted by the wealth of material in this fifth volume of the monumental Pilgrim Letters."--The Dickensian. "Generous in scope, diverse in subject matter, rich in annotation, the work is a central resource not simply for devotees of Dickens but for students of virtually every aspect of 19th-century civilization."--Nineteenth-Century Fiction. The sixth volume features 1,592 letters--668 of them previously unpublished--covering 1850 to 1852, years of great creativity in which Dickens finished David Copperfield, and began work on Bleak House.
'Like its predecessors this handsome volume has been prepared with the kind of scholarship which can only be described as exemplary.' Times Literary Supplement
'magisterial series ... The letters are vital to our understanding both of the man and the artist' Sunday Telegraph
'the palm of Dickensian studies must surely go to the editors of the Pilgrim edition of his letters ... the only accurate text of his correspondence, ... a monument to scholarship, providing a standard by which all future editors will be judged. ... The editors have done a miraculous job in the face of such an embarrassment of riches, and as a result they have set an example of literary scholarship to which all of us may aspire, but which few will be able to
equal.' The Times
'The editors have done a miraculous job in the face of such an embarrassment of riches, and as a result they have set an example of literary scholarship to which all of us may aspire, but which few will be able to equal.' Peter Ackroyd, The Times
'the latest and sixth volume of Charles Dickens's letters, so admirably edited by the Clarendon Press, a vast emporium of 900 pages representing a mere three years of the Great Inimitable's life' Daily Telegraph
`For sheer readability, nothing in 1988 surpassed the latest Letters of Charles Dickens ... The touch of the Master is felt on every page, and is enhanced by a superb editorial apparatus.' Paul Johnson,
`In bulk and in detail, the Pilgrim Edition has long proved as much of a necessity for biographers and other scholars of Dickens and his times, as it has proved a fascinating and absorbing document for the most casual reader.' Dennis Walder, Open University,
Times Higher Educational Supplement
`magnificent Pilgrim edition of Dickens's letters ... The editorial work on the Pilgrim edition continues to be superlative, and the whole enterprise a joy for readers ... full of wild and wonderful information, plot summaries, quotations and cross-references' Claire Tomalin,
'This latest instalment of the Pilgrim Letters is as meticulously edited, copiously annotated and faultlessly produced as its predecessors.'
F.S. Schwarzbach, London Review of Books
`a monumental achievement which will put generations in its debt'
Review of English Studies
'a publication of superbly researched and detailed editorship ... There are presumably five or six more volumes to come: we look forward to them with fascination.'
Ronald Mason, Notes and Queries