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Decorations

12 British Royal Christmas Traditions That Will Surprise You

The formalities of Christmas at Queen Elizabeth II's Sandringham country estate could have been lifted straight from an episode of <b>Downton Abbey</b> (including a schedule of festivities delivered by the Master of the Household, and five outfit changes in a day!) — but what about those British royal …

Charles Dickens: his best characters

Literature

What Are The Best London Novels? The Results

We asked you to nominate your favourite novels set in (or partly set in) the capital. You suggested more than 100 books, from Victorian classics to …

Writing Lives Together: The Dickens Family Remembers

Later this week the Writing Lives Together conference will take place at the University of Leicester, with keynotes from Professor David Amigoni …

Literature

Charles Dickens walk

View Charles Dickens walk in a larger map<p>Dickens’s house<p>Start at 48 Doughty St (now The Charles Dickens Museum) (S). Dickens lived here from 1837 to …

England

What Was Charles Dickens Really Doing When He Wrote 'A Christmas Carol'?

By Jerry Bowyer<p><i>“Since you ask me what I wish, gentlemen, that is my answer. I don’t make merry myself at Christmas and I can’t afford to make idle</i> …

Ebenezer Scrooge

100 books everyone should read Amazon Goodreads

To celebrate, start working your way through this list of 100 Books To Read in a Lifetime, as voted on and ranked by users of Goodreads, the largest book recommendation site on the web.<p>Amazon, which owns Goodreads, had its editors agonize over their own list, but the two turned out very …

Literature

When Dickens Is a Distraction

Even serious literature seems frivolous to some academics.

Literature

Author Mimi Matthews

Available Now<p>The Pug Who Bit Napoleon<p>Animal Tales of the 18th and 19th Centuries<p><b>From elaborate Victorian cat funerals to a Regency era pony who took</b> …

November 3 in Literary History: French Playwright is Guillotined

The most significant events in the history of books on the 3rd of November A significant day in the history of Charles Dickens’s career, as he …

Literature

What the Dickens, Miss Havisham? You look ravishing! Great Expectations spinster gets youthful makeover in new TV drama

• <b>Miss Havisham is played by beautiful actress Tuppence Middleton</b>• <b><br>The remake just one of a 20-part murder mystery series based on Charles Dickens</b> …

Charles Dickens’ Hard Times: The Usefulness of Useless Things

<b>“The Child is father of the Man,”</b> wrote William Wordsworth, marveling at the enchantment of the child’s early experience and delight in play. The …

Sherlock, Doctor Who, David Walliams and Dickens lead BBC TV Christmas offerings

The BBC has unveiled its Christmas line-up with a raft of programmes and personalities ranging from Doctor Who to David Walliams.<p>Advertisement<p>With …

TV

A Very Dickensian Christmas

Each year, the Museum provides a unique and enchanting glimpse into how the festive season was celebrated by the great Victorian author, with the …

England

Charles Dickens Suffered A Stroke On A Walk Near His Home And Asked To Be Laid Down On The Ground

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In Defense of Christmas Cheer

‘Tis the season to be jolly!Strike that. First, we need a few evangelical leaders to register complaints about our culture’s overly sentimentalized, …

Charles Dickens

A foggy memory: The fade of fog from our literary imagination

Charles Dickens may have done it best. But dense, misty and occasionally deadly fog has had a literary—and literal—impact on London.<p>In 1824 Charles …

The Athenaeum Hotel - London's Luxury Home Stay

What draws me back to London every year for a visit is simply the thought of walking the streets where two London luminaries, Charles Dickens and Alfred Hitchcock once roamed., Being an aficionado of Victorian England, I often wonder how London streets must have looked before the advent of the …

Dickensian: meet the cast of the BBC’s Avengers-style Charles Dickens universe series

Christmas TV offerings often bring a variety of well-worn favourites: a Doctor Who special, a one-off Strictly Come Dancing, and usually some kind of …

Literature

Fiery Words: Charles Dickens and Spontaneous Combustion

<i>How Charles Dickens fueled a world of spontaneous combustion truthers.</i><p><b>The first thing they noticed was the smell</b>—like someone frying rancid meat. The …

When Tiny Tim met Little Nell: it’s the great Dickens TV mash-up

Tony Jordan, former chief scriptwriter on EastEnders, explains why he’s happy to risk the wrath of Dickens purists in the BBC’s 20-part Christmas showpiece<p>Is it Little Nell, or Tiny Tim on his crutch, or perhaps Bill Sikes with Bull’s-Eye the dog? Maybe it is <i>Bleak House</i>’s tenacious Inspector …

Why Charles Dickens Cried When He Met St. Jeanne Jugan

With the Little Sisters of the Poor the focus of religious freedom threats recently, I was curious to know more about the order.<p>St. Jeanne Jugan is …

Step Into A Dickensian Christmas At The Charles Dickens Museum

Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without, well, Charles Dickens actually. So where better to celebrate it than at his London pad?<p>The London author's …

England

The Real-Life Criminal Who Inspired Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens’ <i>Oliver Twist</i> was first published as a series of monthly installments from February 1837 to April 1839. Building on the success of his …