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So Near, So Far (an introduction to Eliza Lynn Linton) -by Mike Smith

While reading the single volume edition of Charles Dickens’ letters I came across the following footnote relating to Eliza Lynn Linton:

‘I don’t know how it is but she gets so near the sexual side of thingsas to be a little dangerous to us at times.’-Dickens to W.H.Wills, Oct.6,1854 (in The Letters of C.D.)

As you might imagine, this intrigued me. Who was this woman? How ‘near to the sexual side’ did she get? And that ‘us’, being the periodical, Household Words, which Dickens edited, ...

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