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A Christmas Story, But Not by Charles Dickens

It’s hardly a coincidence that this tale surfaces just before Christmas. It’s about a new book set in the European skies in 1943. Military historian Adam Makos,...

Why to Read Dickens Now (Or Watch Him on TV)

When Charles Dickens began writing his first novel—in 1836, the year before Victoria took the throne—the literacy rate in England was less than 50 percent. By...

Charles in Charge

In 1812, the year Charles Dickens was born, there were 66 novels published in Britain. People had been writing novels for a century--most critics date the genre...

Top 10 Non-Dickens Books for Dickens Fans

Dickens wrote fourteen and a half novels, which means that any devotee of his work runs the risk of running out. We recommend the titles below to fill the void...

Wednesday Words: From Divas to Dickens and More

The definition of defiance: iconoplasts An iconoclast, as you may remember from European History class, is a person who attacks cherished beliefs; a breaker and...

What the Dickens.

Not many people know that Charles Dickens was an actor as well as a writer. A workaholic who was haunted by memories of his impoverished childhood, when he...

Video: A Moody Swirl of Dickens: BLEAK HOUSE

The novel opens, famously, with fog: the dense murk that envelops London but settles thickest around the High Court of Chancery. Out of it swirls a teeming cloud...

Cinema: What The Dickens!

Fagin, Scrooge, Uriah Heep, Mr. Micawber and Mrs. Jellaby -- so many of Charles Dickens' great grotesques lurk in memory with the clarity of caricatures. They...

Theater: Detection Kit the Mystery of Edwin Drood

Charles Dickens died having finished only half of The Mystery of Edwin Drood, and that tantalizing incompleteness has prompted countless attempts to round off...

Books: The Spirit of Christmas Present

CHARLES DICKENS: HIS TRAGEDY AND TRIUMPH by Edgar Johnson; Viking; 601 pages; $15 Near the end of A Handful of Dust ( 1934), Evelyn Waugh sentenced one of his...