John Payne Collier (1789 – 1883), was an English Shakespearean critic and forger. He was a friend of Charles Dickens.
Charles Dickens and John Payne Collier.
John Payne Collier was born in London on January 11, 1789. Collier’s father, John Dyer Collier (1762–1825), was a successful journalist, and his connection with the press obtained for his son a position on The Morning Chronicle as leader writer, dramatic critic and reporter, which continued until 1847. He was also for some time a reporter for The Times.
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