Called Back


Called Back


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Hugh Conway was the pen name of Bristol native Frederick John Fargus (1847-1885). This Victorian "shilling shocker" sold 352,000 copies by 1887 and was translated into six European languages. It was made into a stage play in London in 1884. Its popularity is not surprising, considering it combines murder, amnesia, politics, and fantasy. One of the author`s admirers was the poet Emily Dickinson who wrote to her cousins: "A friend sent me 'Called Back'. It is a haunting story and greatly impressive to me." The last letter she wrote to those cousins, written on the day Dickinson died, contained just four words "Little Cousins - Called back." The words also appear on Dickinson's gravestone.

Publication Info

  • Publisher: J. W. Arrowsmith
  • Edition: n/a
  • Date Published: 1884
  • Place Published: Bristol
  • ISBN: n/a


  • Condition: Very good
  • Signed: No
  • Dust Jacket: No
  • Jacket Condition: n/a
  • Details:
    First edition in book form, published earlier in Arrowsmith's Christmas Annual for 1883. Arrowsmith`s Bristol Library Vol. I. 194 p. 16 cm. Have leather with cloth boards. Raised bands and gold impressing on spine. Marbled endpapers and text block edge. Light wear. Bookplate of former owner William Macadam-Smith on front pastedown.

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