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Prepared by Dean Keller; Revised by Athena Salaba, February 1996; Updated May 2019
Inclusive Dates: 1847-1888
Extent: .33 cubic foot (1 document case)
Physical Location: 11th floor
Biographical Note: Mark Lemon, born in 1809 and died in 1870, was a man of letters. He was the founder and editor of Punch. As an amateur actor, Lemon appeared at Miss Kelly's theater in Soho and at Dicken's private theatricals at Tavistock House. He published farces, melodramas and operas, he contributed to Household Words and others periodicals, and he was the editor of Family Herald and Once a Week.
Scope and Content: This collection consists of autograph letters and envelopes. The majority are letters to Mark Lemon from writers such as William Makepeace Thackeray, Douglas Jerrold, Richard Doyle, John Forster, Shirley Brooks, and several others. A very valuable part of this collection are the six autograph and signed letters of Charles Dickens to his friend Mark Lemon, inviting him to dinner and discussing his writing. Also, this collection includes letters from and to a variety of correspondents, Mark Lemon's Circle, including John Forster, Alfred B. Garrod, Sir Stratford Canning, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Emma C. Roberts, and others; and autograph envelopes from W. Harrison Ainsworth and others. Finally, five original pencil drawings attributed to "Phiz" (Hablot K. Browne?) are present.
Arrangement: The collection is arranged chronologically.
Acquisition Note: This collection was purchased from book dealer David Holmes by Kent State University Libraries and the Department of English on December 1995.
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