Book trivia, Dickens, Charles, Life in the Long 19th Century, Oliver Twist, Words & phrases (Long 19th Century)

Vocabulary survival guide for Victorian London

Vocabulary you'll need to survive in Victorian London Perusing the Public Domain Review you may eventually stumble upon The London Guide & Stranger’s Safeguard against the Cheats, Swindlers, and Pickpockets (1819). 'A comprehensive guide to help the unwitting visitor avoid falling victim to the various and nefarious crimes abound in early 19th-century London.' The book… Continue reading Vocabulary survival guide for Victorian London

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Dickens, Charles, Quotes, Writers

Charles Dickens anniversary – 31 quotes

Anniversary of the death of Charles Dickens Today is the anniversary of the death of Charles Dickens (b.7 February 1812 – d.9 June 1870). Dickens was a great Victorian novelist and the creator of an extensive range of vivid fictional characters. He was also a journalist, speaker and social critic. In his childhood Dicken's father was… Continue reading Charles Dickens anniversary – 31 quotes

Books & art, Commercial art, Dickens, Charles, Hardy, Thomas, Writers

ART: Famous writers on cigarette cards

Famous writers on cigarette cards Shown above are some portraits of famous writers on cigarette cards. Charles Dickens, Thomas Hardy, G.K. Chesteron, Rudyard Kipling, Michael Arlen, Hilaire Belloc, Phyllis Bentley, Marjorie Bowen, John Buchan and (again) G.K. Chesterton. There was a time when cigarette cards (trade cards) were issued by tobacco manufacturers to stiffen cigarette… Continue reading ART: Famous writers on cigarette cards

Book trivia, Dickens, Charles, Nicholas Nickleby, Worst couples in literature, Writers

11 worst couples in literature: Madeline Bray and Arthur Gride from Nicholas Nickleby

No. 4.  Madeline Bray and Arthur Gride from Nicholas Nickleby (Charles Dickens) Spoiler alert! The only reason this marriage doesn't happen is that Madeline's father dies one hour before the ceremony is due to begin. But imagine if it had. She is a sweet-natured 18 year old beauty, while he is a 75 year old… Continue reading 11 worst couples in literature: Madeline Bray and Arthur Gride from Nicholas Nickleby

Art, Barnaby Rudge, Books & art, Dickens, Charles, Paintings, Readers reading, The Old Curiosity Shop, The Pickwick Papers, Writers

Painting: The Novel Reading (1841)

Readers reading #4 The Novel Reading (1841) - By Josef Danhauser: 1805-1845. A happy couple. I wonder what the armour, book on the floor and general clutter means? I suspect it must mean something because the artist (Josef Danhauser) was a man whose work was inspired by a wonderful series of engravings by the English painter,… Continue reading Painting: The Novel Reading (1841)