The story of Dickens' reading tours in Great Britain and America, 1866-1870, by his longtime friend and manager. Book I consists of an account of the two English tours, 1866-1867. This includes Ireland and Scottland. Book II covers the American tour of 1867-1868, Boston, New York, New Haven, Niagara, Utica, Nantucket. Book II relates the ""final farewell"" tour in the United Kingdom, 1868-1870 just prior to his death.