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Christopher Fowler
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Me, I'm the master of the split infinitive, can't spell 'receive' and still sometimes get confused about when to put full stops inside brackets, but other than that, my editor doesn't have to waste much biro ink on me. Or should that be Biro ink? However, while I'm as exercised as anyone by signs like 'Potato's £1' I try to remember that the English language is in a constant state of flux, and if…
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Christopher Fowler
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In a strange way, popularity was the worst thing that could have happened to 'A Christmas Carol'. After performances by Charles Dickens himself, a long history of bowdlerised versions, parodies, satires and remakes eventually led to the Muppets, by which time the story's fierce sense of social injustice had vanished. We tend to forget now that there were other Dickens Christmas books, 'The Cricket…
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Christopher Fowler
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We need to talk about Dickens. There's such a range of moments available to choose from (let's not have the death of Little Nell or the bludgeoning of Nancy) that it's quite impossible to narrow down the selection, so let's have an opening, and it would have to be from 'Bleak House', simply because with Dickens you never quite get what you think you're going to get. It's hard to realise now just…
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Christopher Fowler
This excellent exhibition is the first major Dickens show for forty years, and occupies the lower ground floor of the museum for the next six months. Included are the expected (Dickens's writing desk, quill, letters, ledgers, annotated copies of books) and the unexpected (his velvet-covered lectern, a perfectly constructed object to read from, complete with book-stand). There are also obvious…
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