In our Guide to the classics series, experts explain key works of literature. In Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations (1861), everything is connected. As plots and subplots converge and hidden relations are revealed, the novel elaborates a view of society in which no individual may be considered the master of his or her own fortunes – or “expectations” in the old-fashioned sense, meaning one’s future prospects. Great Expectations blends literary styles and genres too. It fuses elements of the gothic with comic satire, realism, fairytale, crime fiction and melodrama. It can even be read as autobiographical, insofar as Dickens drew on aspects...
Sherlock Holmes, Charles Dickens, and the Santa Monica Police Department: Jones of the Bay by Peter Borresen
If you're looking for a locally-sourced, light and humorous summer (or anytime) read, Peter Borresen's Jones of the Bay might just hit the spot. This episodic detective novel blends comedy, Santa Monica satire, and murder mysteries that increase in intensity leading up to a final nail-biter and a well-earned triumph for the book's hilariously relatable protagonist, the aging wannabe police detective Gwyn Jones. But be warned! This book is not for those who wish to retain the utmost respect for – and trust of – the irreproachable culture and well-run law enforcement system of our fair city. If, however, you're looking for an author with whom to commiserate (asynchronously) on the ridiculous foibles of the rich and famous and of the streets where they earn their political-correctness tickets, this book will taste like a cool drink of cage-free, paleo-friendly water.
Discover some surprising facts about Victorian novelist Charles Dickens, from the man himself. What was his favourite book? What was the coolest thing he ever did? Did he like sport?
Modern technology can connect us in ways that we’d never imagined possible. It can make it easy to seek out new ideas or research lost corners of history. And sometimes, it shuts down access to certain things for no reason whatsoever. Just ask the Charles Dickens Museum, for which users lost the ability to access its TikTok account for a time earlier this week.
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.”
Suppose Charles Dickens had died in 1850, at age 38—perhaps in a railway accident like the crash, in 1865, that killed 10 of his fellow passengers and left his nerves permanently frayed; or, more fantastically, from spontaneous combustion, as befell the booze-soaked rag seller in his 1853 novel, Bleak House.
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Charles Dickens took cold showers and long walks. His normal walking distance was twelve miles; some days, he walked twenty. He seems to have never not been doing something. He wrote fifteen novels and hundreds of articles and stories, delivered speeches, edited magazines, produced and acted in amateur theatricals, performed conjuring tricks, gave public readings, and directed two charities, one for struggling writers, the other for former prostitutes.
Eugen Engel’s opera Grete Minde (Holocaust victim’s opera stored for years in trunk gets premiere at last, 14 February) is based on a short novel with this title by the influential 19th-century German writer Theodor Fontane. Generations of older Germans at secondary schools have read it as a set book and should be well acquainted with its contents.
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Last October, a collaboration called The Dickens Code project made a public appeal to amateur puzzle fans and codebreakers for assistance in decoding a letter written by Victorian novelist Charles Dickens in a tortuously idiosyncratic style of shorthand. The crowd-sourced effort helped scholars piece together about three-quarters of the transcript. Shane Baggs, a computer technical support specialist from San Jose, California, won the overall contest, while a college student at the University of Virginia named Ken Cox was declared the runner-up.
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Lani the Reading Dog listens as Henry, PCL director Vicki Shurly’s grandson, reads Harry Potter | PCL Photo. Two-hundred-and-ten years ago this week, writer Charles Dickens was born in Portsmouth, England. At the age of twelve, his father was incarcerated in debtor’s prison. Dickens left school to work in a boot blacking factory, and while he eventually returned to school, many of his experiences became the foundation for his short stories, novels and journalistic articles.
Today marks the 210th birthday of Charles Dickens—novelist, critic, and, from 1859 until his death, editor of a weekly literary journal called All the Year Round. As literary journal editors will presumably understand, the responsibilities stressed him out to the point of dispensing with politeness. We know this because when Dickens’s friend Captain Frederick Marryat’s daughter Florence submitted a piece and asked him for writing advice, he roasted her to hell for even asking for feedback:
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Now that the pandemic has returned and many are quarantined in their houses, perhaps the sale of books and e-books will soar. Of special interest is England’s greatest popular and literary writer, second only to Shakespeare, Charles Dickens. I would suggest a reread of “Great Expectations,” “Our Mutual Friend” or the very modern “Bleak House.”
Charles Dickens “CD” Johnson, age 97, of Lake Village, died peacefully at his home December 28, 2021. Charles was born April 25, 1924 to his parents, William and Alice Johnson in Greenwood, MS. In 1941 he joined the Navy at age 17 during the beginning of the US...