He Was The Best Of Brothers, He Was The Worst Of Brothers
In honor of Charles Dickens’ birthday (February 7th, 1812), here is an interesting story about the famous author’s experience, or lack of experience with Chicago.
Charles Dickens’s worldwide fame gave his brother Augustus a name that opened doors even in the rough-hewn Illinois of the 1850s. But the author cut off all contact with his younger brother after Augustus abandoned his blind wife in England and fled to the American midwest with his pregnant girlfriend.
Even after Augustus died in 1866, the usually charitable Charles refused to help his niece and nephews, then living in Chicago—although when their mother died two years later he sent about $700 to provide for the orphans’ care.
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