Quotation by Rheta Childe Dorr

At a tender age, I commandeered half a quire of foolscap from my father's desk and sat down to write a book. ...I had observed on printed fly leaves the words "By the author of, etc." ...So under the title of my prospective work I wrote: By the author of "Les Miserables," "The Woman in White," "Dombey and Son," "Tom Brown's Schooldays" and "Our Life in the Highlands," the last-named being an opus of good Queen Victoria. I had not read all these works but they existed on our bookshelves, and I hoped to produce something worthy of comparison.
Rheta Childe Dorr (1866–1948), U.S. journalist. A Woman of Fifty, 2nd. ed., ch. 3 (1924).

The first four works named were novels published in and written by, respectively: 1862, Victor Hugo; 1860, Wilkie Collins; 1848, Charles Dickens; and 1857, Thomas Hughes.
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