A delightful meditation on the pleasures of bachelor bonding and an example of collaborative journalism at its best. In the autumn of 1857, Charles Dickens embarked on a sightseeing trip to Cumberland with his friend, the rising star of literature Wilkie Collins. Writing together, as Mr. Thomas Idle and Mr. Francis Goodchild, they reported their adventures for Dickens' periodical Household Words, producing a showcase of both long-cherished and entirely novel sides of these well-loved men of letters. Boasting two ghost stories from undisputed masters of the genre, it also uniquely demonstrates their glee in caricaturing themselves and one another. This version has been transcribed from the 1905 Chapman & Hall edition of The Works of Charles Dickens, v. 28 by David Price.