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A House to Let

Charles Dickens and others

Book Overview: 

Each of the contributors wrote a chapter (stories within a story, and in the case of Adelaide Anne Procter, as a story in verse) and the whole was edited by Dickens.

The plot concerns an elderly woman, Sophonisba, who notices signs of life in a supposedly empty dilapidated house (the eponymous “House to Let”) opposite her own, and employs the efforts of an elderly admirer, Jabez Jarber, and her servant, Trottle, to discover what is happening within.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . . that doctor, and to give it this or that comfort or luxury in after yearn but that now all chance of this had passed away—Alice’s heart was touched, and she drew near to Mrs. Wilson with unwonted caresses, and, in a spirit not unlike to that of, Ruth, entreated, that come what would, they might remain together.  After much discussion in succeeding days, it was arranged that Mrs. Wilson should take a house in Manchester, furnishing it partly with what furniture she had, and providing the rest with Alice’s remaining two hundred pounds.  Mrs. Wilson was herself a Manchester woman, and naturally longed to return to her native town.  Some connections of her own at that time required lodgings, for which they were willing to pay pretty handsomely.  Alice undertook the active superintendence and superior work of the household.  Norah, willing faithful Norah, offered to cook, scour, do anything in short, so that, she might but remain wit. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Lavoro a quattro mani, e che mani!
Charles Dickens si avvale di collaboratori e amici per scrivere questa breve storia da pubblicare durante il periodo natalizio.
Si tratta del primo esperimento compiuto da questo team di autori a cui fece seguito Le stanze dei fantasmi.
Ho apprezzato maggiormente...more

I have heard, as everybody else has, of a spirit’s haunting a house; but I have had my own personal experience of a house’s haunting a spirit; for that House haunted mine.
A House to Let is the by-product of collaboration between four authors: Dickens, Collins, Gaskell and Procter. (As I am a...more

An empty house and it's many occupants form this story written by many authors. The writing style and form varies and the effect is good. I connected to Gaskell's and Procter's chapters more. Still it was all good old solid storytelling.

3 star for the plot. 1 start for the form.

A short and cozy mystery.

A good story. Narrated in a most endearing way.

4-star Review:
A House to Let by Charles Dickens

This novel, compiled by Charles Dickens and co-authored by Elizabeth Gaskell, Wilkie Collins, and Anne Procter, is a crisp and vivid account of a mysterious house in London that hasn't been let in years. Each chapter reinforces one of the many reason...more

I started out with A House to Let by reading the chapter entitled Going into Society, which is one of Dickens' Christmas stories. Read alone, the chapter is quite entertaining, a tad weird maybe (to my mind, although maybe not to younger generations).

I was fascinated, as Dickens characters alway...more

"A House to Let" ist eine (ziemlich lange) Kurzgeschichte, die in Kooperation entstand und gemeinsam von Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins, Elizabeth Gaskell and Adelaide Anne Procter geschrieben wurde und anschließend 1858 in Dickens „Household Words magazine“ veröffentlicht wurde.
Es ist eine klas...more

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