There were around 5,000 black Georgians and more black Victorians so black Dickens characters are historically feasible.
He is most famous for The Woman in White, but with their intriguing female characters and investigation of social issues, it’s time to delve into Wilkie Collins’ other novels.
Yet another adaptation of A Christmas Carol graces our screens, though its concerns are a world away from those of the Dickens original.
Shame and guilt seem equally foreign to many politicians and public figures these days. Rather than cover their bad behavior with a veneer of hypocrisy, they revel in it, a classics scholar says.
It is one of Dickens’ best loved novels and an exposé of the class system, but the book’s depiction of women has proved divisive.
The pandemic changed people’s dining-out experience, with takeout becoming more common. But since dining out became fashionable in the 18th century, how and where people go to eat has been evolving.
Insights editors choose their top reads of the year.
Dickens worried for the safety of his sons when diphtheria broke out in France and - in a newly discovered letter - wrote about how the truth was difficult to find.
The Christmas holidays can sometimes feel a little unhealthy but the ingredients that makeup a Christmas pudding are pretty nutritious.
Holiday movies have been an essential part of the American winter celebrations. They offer a glimpse into how the world is could be, often in sharp contrast to reality.
Over two centuries. the notion of boredom has shifted from an upper-class malady, through existential peril, to a functional emotion.
Dickens’s novels highlighted the poverty of education for the working classes. The all-important Education Act was finally passed in the year of his death.
Almost as soon as Dickens died in 1870, writers and illustrators began to take liberties with his life and career.
PODCAST: An audio version of an in depth article on what newly discovered documents reveal about the burial of Charles Dickens, 150 years after his death.
Two sequels which show how the Victorian novelist’s stories can be adapted to reflect post-colonial narratives.
Dickens had some clever little narrative tricks, which become clear when his work is analysed as a single data set.
Charles Dickens’s attitude towards women was more complex than ‘misogynist’ label suggests.
Fictional, magical cities can help us understand our own urban lives.
Graveyards were important locations in Victorian life.
And every one of them has a happy ending.