Charles Dickens’ London with Sue King

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 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

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Sandra S -- Boston (Saugus, US)
Lively Literary, Biographical, and Historical Jaunt around London Centered on Dickens

This seminar was a fast-paced and very informative tour of the sites which Dickens lived, moved to, or likely saw during his lifetime. I clearly learned of events and sites that influenced his characters and stories. Liked the vintage photos and comparisons to our modern day. (Many sites have been demolished so seeing how they appeared in 19th century was awesome.) I learned a bit more about London's history and changes over time. Sue King's knowledge is immense on this and listeners benefited from her expertise.

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M.C. (Milpitas, US)

I am getting ready to travel to London and this course was the perfect prep for an old English Lit major like me. Sue’s presentation was well-organized, the pictures were ideal (most were how it looked then next to how it looks now) and very helpful, and the use of
maps timely and helpful. Highly recommend!

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M.C. (Milpitas, US)

I am getting ready to travel to London and this course was the perfect prep for an old English Lit major like me. Sue’s presentation was well-organized, the pictures were ideal (most were how it looked then next to how it looks now) and very helpful, and the use of
maps timely and helpful. Highly recommend!

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M.C. (Milpitas, US)
Great seminar!

I am getting ready to travel to London and this course was the perfect prep for an old English Lit major like me. Sue’s presentation was well-organized, the pictures were ideal (most were how it looked then next to how it looks now) and very helpful, and the use of
maps timely and helpful. Highly recommend!

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Suzette Shelmire (Oxford, US)
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Charles Dickens has been a most beloved auther in my family. No Christmas has gone by with our spending Christmas eve with Dickens and "A Christmas Carol". I so enjoyed having a chance to hear of his life in London and I shall be looking forward to what ever is your next conversation!

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Sandra S -- Boston (Saugus, US)
Lively Literary, Biographical, and Historical Jaunt around London Centered on Dickens

This seminar was a fast-paced and very informative tour of the sites which Dickens lived, moved to, or likely saw during his lifetime. I clearly learned of events and sites that influenced his characters and stories. Liked the vintage photos and comparisons to our modern day. (Many sites have been demolished so seeing how they appeared in 19th century was awesome.) I learned a bit more about London's history and changes over time. Sue King's knowledge is immense on this and listeners benefited from her expertise.

M
M.C. (Milpitas, US)

I am getting ready to travel to London and this course was the perfect prep for an old English Lit major like me. Sue’s presentation was well-organized, the pictures were ideal (most were how it looked then next to how it looks now) and very helpful, and the use of
maps timely and helpful. Highly recommend!

M
M.C. (Milpitas, US)

I am getting ready to travel to London and this course was the perfect prep for an old English Lit major like me. Sue’s presentation was well-organized, the pictures were ideal (most were how it looked then next to how it looks now) and very helpful, and the use of
maps timely and helpful. Highly recommend!

M
M.C. (Milpitas, US)
Great seminar!

I am getting ready to travel to London and this course was the perfect prep for an old English Lit major like me. Sue’s presentation was well-organized, the pictures were ideal (most were how it looked then next to how it looks now) and very helpful, and the use of
maps timely and helpful. Highly recommend!

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Suzette Shelmire (Oxford, US)
Dickens

Charles Dickens has been a most beloved auther in my family. No Christmas has gone by with our spending Christmas eve with Dickens and "A Christmas Carol". I so enjoyed having a chance to hear of his life in London and I shall be looking forward to what ever is your next conversation!