The Gospel in Dickens
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February 07, 2009


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Wow, a whole blog dedicated to Dickens! I'm impressed to see I'm not the only one who keeps a blog about a single dead writer from the 19th century. I actually wrote about the connection between Dickens and Edgar Poe in my blog today - take a look and let me know what you think!

That was the first time I heard Dickens' name, too. When I started reading Dickens, I made a point of reading Pickwick and really enjoyed it! With the 7+ of Dickens' books I've read so far, I think Alfred Jingle is the funniest character.

On the other hand, Anne of the Island also marked the first time I heard the name Uriah Heep. The reference is vague, but I figured he would be a good character since Anne was joking about him. Then I read David Copperfield...ugh, what a sickening person!

Oh yes -- "I shall be as 'umble as Uriah Heep." I'd forgotten that. Good memory, Shannon. :-)

Stay tuned -- I'll have another Montgomery quote about Dickens coming up tomorrow!

Midnightdreary, I like the Poe blog! I'm about to leave a comment or two over there. (And as you go for these dead writer blogs, you might enjoy my friend Lori's Austen blogs as well. Check my "About" page for the links.)

I am a bit curious about how we are supposed to pronounce "Boz." When I watched the series "Dickens of London" with Roy Dotrice, they pronounced it as one would pronounce the emerald city: "Oz."

But when I read the two part biography by Edgar Johnson, he talks about either Dickens' younger brother? ...cousin? ...friend? (I disremember) trying to pronounce Moses (probably with a head cold) and it coming out "Boses" which, for clarity's sake he turned into a 'z' when he shortened "Bozes" to "Boz" ...which would rhyme with the 'bows' in 'rainbows.' OK... I'm tired of quote marks and elipses now.

I remember reading the Emily reference and the two Anne references (particularly the Uriah Heep one), but I think my first exposure might have been in "Little Women," when they play at being Pickwick and his friends.

Yes, treat yourself to some Dickens, INDEED!! I love to keep a little Dickens around during the working day, to nibble a paragraph or two when I've got five minutes to spare here or there. A single paragraph of Dickens can be such a savory treat during a busy and stressful day!!!

"All men whom mighty genius has raised to a proud eminence in the world, have usually some little weakness which appears the more conspicuous from the contrast it presents to their general character." This statement appears in Chapter 13 of The Pickwick Papers. Intriguing to consider how this statement might apply to the one that "mighty genius" raised higher than all other 19th Century English-language novelists, Mr. Dickens himself. What say you, fellow lovers of Mr. Dickens, what was the "little weakness" of our beloved story teller?

Well, there's no denying he could be a little too flowery at times. :-) I love the scene with Carton and little Lucie in ATOTC, for example, but it's always a bit marred for me by the fact that little Lucie talks like an Elizabethan poet. (And she takes after her mother in that respect!)

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Yeah, I could have shaken Dickens for the way he wrote the last paragraph of DC!

Thee thy thou.... may I see thee always..

It's okay enough in other parts, but not for the ending!

That's true, the thees and thous creep in at odd moments. Just the other day I saw someone (I forget who) joking about their usage in "The Old Curiosity Shop."

Wow, I just read a stirring and lovely account of Charles Dickens' last day alive on this earth, written by one of his children. You can find it here: It is as sweet and lovely as can be.

I am sorry the hyperlink does not work. The account of Mr. Dickens' last day can be found on this web site: Once you are on, just look for a section entitled "His Last Days". Click on it and you will find the account of Mamie Dickens.

An audio version of an alternative (imaginary) version of Dickens' last day can be sampled at

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