Of or reminiscent of the novels of Charles Dickens, esp. in suggesting the poor social conditions or comically repulsive characters that they portray
I have always had a love of the English language. Dickensian is one of my favourite words, and I think it should be more widely known.
Words are your friends, children. Use them well.
Well, that’s an almost impossible question to answer for a Dickens fan! But if I have to choose, I’ll pick Newman Noggs from Nicholas Nickleby. He’s a downtrodden, alcoholic clerk who proves to be the kindest friend to the young protagonist, and helps bring down the corrupt miser, Ralph Nickleby.
Noggs gave a peculiar grunt, as was his custom at the end of all disputes with his master, to imply that he (Noggs) triumphed; and (as he rarely spoke to anybody unless somebody spoke to him) fell into a grim silence, and rubbed his hands slowly over each other: cracking the joints of his fingers, and squeezing them into all possible distortions. The incessant performance of this routine on every occasion, and the communication of a fixed and rigid look to his unaffected eye, so as to make it uniform with the other, and to render it impossible for anybody to determine where or at what he was looking, were two among the numerous peculiarities of Mr Noggs, which struck an inexperienced observer at first sight.
I’ll turn the question back on my followers now — who’s your favorite Dickens character?
To all my followers: if you’re not already a member, you should consider becoming one!
The Dickens Fellowship, founded in 1902, is a worldwide association of people who share an interest in the life and works of Charles Dickens (1812 - 1870).
Apparently there are already multiple Pride and Prejudice-based ones, too. So, keep your fingers crossed, Dickens fans — I’m sure an erotic version of A Tale of Two Cities or David Copperfield is right around the corner.
But please, I beg you: nobody write an erotic version of The Pickwick Papers.
The book will join the growing number of erotic fan-fiction novels piggybacking on the success of E.L. James’s Fifty Shades of Grey — a trilogy originally written as Twilight fan-fiction that’s since become a New York Times betseller and been credited with starting a revolution of “mommy porn.”
When London-based graphic designer Lucienne Roberts and design educator Rebecca Wright asked 70 international graphic designers to reimagine the first page of chapter one of Charles Dickens’s Great Expectations, their expectations were, well, great. So was the resulting work.
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GARFIELD IS NOT IN THIS BOOK! AT ALL!
My life. No, I’m serious. That’s how I came to blog exclusively about Dickens!
Picture: Background — a six piece pie style colour split, alternating black and grey. Foreground — a picture of an armadillo. Top text: “Tipsy at a party ” Bottom text: “Let me tell you about Dickens and his role prison reform”]
History major with a passion for Victorian literature here. I spent 3 months working on my research paper on Charles Dickens’s works and his role in prison reform in Victorian England for History Seminar. Six novels and a number of letters and literary critiques were read and analyzed to compose this paper. Ah the joys of combining literature and history. <3
Sidenote: I have yet to see any Dickens appreciation here :(
Submitted by: bonjourchaton
I officially have the best job ever. I work at a library, and get to peek at the new books before they go out on the shelves. Everyone knows what a Dickens fangirl I am, too, so they set aside any related books for me. With the bicentennial, I’ve gotten to read 5 or 6 new books already.
Just got this one today — looks pretty interesting!
Charles Dickens’s Networks: Public Transport and the Novel by Jonathan H. Grossman
The same week in February 1836 that Charles Dickens was hired to write his first novel, The Pickwick Papers, the first railway line in London opened. Charles Dickens’s Networks explores the rise of the global, high-speed passenger transport network in the nineteenth century and the indelible impact it made on Dickens’s work. The advent first of stage coaches, then of railways and transoceanic steam ships made unprecedented round-trip journeys across once seemingly far distances seem ordinary and systematic. Time itself was changed. The Victorians overran the separate, local times kept in each town, establishing instead the synchronized, ‘standard’ time, which now ticks on our clocks. Jonathan Grossman examines the history of public transport’s systematic networking of people and how this revolutionized perceptions of time, space, and community, and how the art form of the novel played a special role in synthesizing and understanding it all. Focusing on a trio of road novels by Charles Dickens, he looks first at a key historical moment in the networked community’s coming together, then at a subsequent recognition of its tragic limits, and, finally, at the construction of a revised view that expressed the precarious, limited omniscient perspective by which passengers came to imagine their journeying in the network.
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It’s midterm season right now and I’m busy learning the Facts — although it would be unfair to call my professors Gradgrindian!
Sir Leicester Dedlock - from Bleak House - is a fuddy-duddy hereditary knight but Charles Dickens’s makes you respect him. He is the nineteenth in the Telegraph pick of the best Charles Dickens characters.
Mr Brownlow - from Oliver Twist - is one of Dickens’s most decent fellows and is the nineteenth in the Telegraph pick of the best Charles Dickens characters.
On his first visit to America in 1842, English novelist Charles Dickens was greeted like a modern rock star. But the trip soon turned sour…