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Barnaby Rudge
Some things never change

Some things never change

Dickens on the power of demagoguery in Barnaby Rudge.  Interesting that Dickens is writing in 1840 about how leaders in 1780 who unscrupulously pervert the will of the ignorant masses and in 2012 it is still all too true:

To surround anything, however monstrous or ridiculous, with an air of mystery, is

The Devil’s Wages

The Devil’s Wages

Immensely enjoying listening to Simon Vance reading Barnaby Rudge (Blackstone Audio 1998).  I follow along with the text as I listen because the words help anchor me.  Often, when I listen to radio dramatizations or lectures, I find my mind wanders easily.  The speaker says something that triggers an idea or a memory …

Barnaby’s Dream

Barnaby’s Dream

Terrifying nightmare illustration by Phiz (Hablot K Browne) in Chapter VII of Barnaby Rudge, called “Barnaby’s Dream.”  No wonder Barnaby’s not right in the head.  With dreams like these . . .

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