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Oliver Twist, One of Dickens’ Worst Creations, Found Strangled

Next weekend the Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion in Germantown–Philly’s only Victorian house museum–is having its annual game of live action Clue. This year it involves the death of Oliver Twist, that obnoxious nub who steals the limelight from the Artful Dodger. … Continue reading

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Consider the Bee (Or, Actually, Don’t)

I recently stumbled across this wonderful letter to the New York Times, written in the October of 1865, taking a strong line against anti-loitering laws. It’s quite funny and, I think, the correct inclination. Arresting people for hanging out is … Continue reading

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Philadelphia Loves Dickens (He Didn’t Return the Favor)

Last Sunday I had a front page piece in the Philly Inquirer’s Currents section on Philly’s one-sided love affair with Charles Dickens. (We were considered “more provincial than Boston or New York,” by the great man in question.) The wonderful … Continue reading

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Orwell on Dickens

“If you were rich, for instance, you would have a great power of doing good to others.” – John Rokesmith, Our Mutual Friend In 1940 George Orwell wrote a superb 50+ page essay on Charles Dickens, an author he clearly cared … Continue reading

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