Monthly Archives: February 2012

Have you ever read a novel by Charles Dickens’ greatest literary friend?

His name was Wilkie Collins. Though trained as a lawyer, he took to writing at an early age. He is distinguished by having written what was probably the greatest thriller of Victorian times, The Woman in White. The story is … Continue reading

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The secret of Charles Dickens’ success

Charles Dickens has been the most beloved English novelist for nearly two hundred years. Why? What is the secret of his ability to speak to people across the centuries and have them listen? I believe the most important source of … Continue reading

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W.T. Stead and the Maiden Tribute of Modern Babylon

Last time, I wrote about Mrs. Josephine Butler, one of the early pioneers of feminism. What I did not say was that Mrs. Butler was involved in one of the most sensational lawsuits of the nineteenth century, which was an … Continue reading

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