Ripley Osgood, protagonist of The Last
Dickens, pictured here seated with the
plate of fruit in front of him. To his right
is his partner J. T. Fields. Pictured standing
is Charles Dickens toasting the company. This
is an illustration by Thomas Nast depicting
the farewell dinner given in Charles Dickens's
honor at Delmonico's restaurant in New York
City in April 1868. (Also note that the
"JRO" monogram above on the right-hand menu
of this screen is from Osgood's original
T. Fields, publisher of Dickens in America and
mentor and senior partner to Osgood.
Harper, also known as the Major, the last of
the original Harper brothers of the New York
publishing firm. "Filled with rancor and
spite" against the firm of Fields and Osgood
for their success in securing Dickens as one
of their authors.
here is the location at 124 Tremont Street,
Boston, of Fields, Osgood & Co. (formerly
Ticknor & Fields).