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Charles Dickens’ London with Sue King


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Join us for a visit to nineteenth-century London to see the places Charles Dickens would have known and where he set his novels. Dickens referred to London as his “Magic Lantern,” and the city itself is a significant character in his books. In addition to places referenced in The Christmas Carol, we will also look at the sites and scenes of many other works, including Mr. Pickwick’s Dingly Dell Christmas, Oliver Twist, Little Dorrit, and others.

We will follow Dickens from his birth in Portsmouth on the south coast of England to London, with a diversion to Kent along the way. As we trace his path through life, we will see how the places he lived impacted the stories he told. Due to difficult family circumstances, Dickens wandered London’s streets from an early age and observed the people who crossed his path. His writing, which he saw as a way to decry the social problems of his day, was brought to life by his keen eye for quirky characters.

He lived in a time of significant change and witnessed major building projects and public works. We shall explore the ‘then and now’ of London as the city coped with a rapidly expanding population and all the health and social problems that entailed. We will also see traces of his family life, as preserved in two of his former London residences.

Led by an expert in London’s history, Sue King, this interactive seminar will explore London as an inspirational backdrop for Charles Dicken’s hard-hitting novels based on his personal experiences. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased knowledge of the life and times of this remarkable author and will walk in the footsteps of his legendary characters.

 

Sue King was born a Londoner and has lived in several other cities including Seoul, Berlin, and Washington DC. Since returning to London, she has spent the last three years studying its art, architecture, literature, and history. Sue holds a research MPhil in History of Art from the Barber Institute, Birmingham University and has specialist knowledge of Victorian Britain through her study of its painting and literature. Her thesis, on symbolism in Victorian Art, focused on the work of the Pre-Raphaelites and she has also made studies in 20th Century American art. Sue is fascinated by London's history and is most interested in the artists and writers who have helped to define it. She loves to recount stories of their lives and works, and their connections with each other and the city.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

Customer Reviews

Based on 5 reviews
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C.M.
Sue presented a great lecture

This course is great for the true Charles Dickins' fan who has never been to London. Lots of interesting facts and images both from the past and present.

M
M.R.
Walking in Charles Dickens' Shoes

I really liked the way this Conversation was organized around places Dickens himself knew well, peppered with quotes from his works that refer to these places and seasoned with the sounds of the places we visited virtually. Showing historical photos/sketches alongside contemporary photos of the same places really helped to place the locations in the London and environs that we see today.

R
R.
Interesting

Lots of fascinating information, a little dense but if you pay close attention and have a map of London handy, you will be well rewarded.

R
R.
Enjoyable, rich, and informative.

Guest did not leave comment

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W.B.
Dicken’s LONDON

I didn’t get anything out of it.

Customer Reviews

Based on 5 reviews
80%
(4)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
20%
(1)
0%
(0)
C
C.M.
Sue presented a great lecture

This course is great for the true Charles Dickins' fan who has never been to London. Lots of interesting facts and images both from the past and present.

M
M.R.
Walking in Charles Dickens' Shoes

I really liked the way this Conversation was organized around places Dickens himself knew well, peppered with quotes from his works that refer to these places and seasoned with the sounds of the places we visited virtually. Showing historical photos/sketches alongside contemporary photos of the same places really helped to place the locations in the London and environs that we see today.

R
R.
Interesting

Lots of fascinating information, a little dense but if you pay close attention and have a map of London handy, you will be well rewarded.

R
R.
Enjoyable, rich, and informative.

Guest did not leave comment

W
W.B.
Dicken’s LONDON

I didn’t get anything out of it.