In considering the whole range of Dickens' relations with his English and overseas publishers, Professor Patten relates the story of the novelist's social encounters, violent breaches, and uneasy alliances with John Macrone, Richard Bentley, Edward and Frederic Chapman, William Hall, Bernhard Tauchnitz, William Bradbury, F. M. Evans, and his American publishers in a compelling record of personal and professional associations. Condition: the dust-jacket is slightly crinkled, and the boards show some mild corner-bumping. The book's edges display some mild crinkling and staining. There is a sticker on the verso flyleaf (see photo). Otherwise, the interior pages are crisp and clean and the binding is strong.