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John Forster, Letter

Title: John Forster, Letter

Creator: Forster, John, 1812-1876

Dates: 1839, Feb. 15

Quantity: 1 folder (0.01 linear feet)

Collection Number: MS 0183

Language: English

Restrictions: None

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Preferred Citation: John Forster, Letter (MS 0183). Archives & Special Collections, University of Nebraska–Lincoln Libraries.


John Forster was born in 1812 at Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England, and is known for his biography titled: The Life of Charles Dickens. He attended Newcastle Grammar School and in 1828 entered University College in London. Forster wrote for The Examiner and became well known among literary circles during the 1830s. A close friend of Charles Dickens, he read early drafts and manuscripts of many of Dickens' works.

Scope and Content:

The single letter is from John Forster to a Mrs. Swain, with the address of Stockton, Durham. It refers to the death of a second Mr. Forster and the grief of his widow.


Forster, John, 1812-1876


Reporters and reporting

Container List: Box 1. Folder 1. Letter, 1839, Feb. 15
Related Material and Resources: The Forster Collection at Victoria and Albert South Kensington Museum, London, includes John Forster's personal library and collection of art.

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