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Illustrated Dickens
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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Dickens was glorious as Captain Bobadil

Dickens was glorious as Captain Bobadil

Today is the 440th birthday of Ben Jonson.  Dickens performed as Captain Bobadil from Jonson’s play Every Man in His Humour in a few productions with the Amateur Players, including 1847 benefits for the author Leigh Hunt.

One audience member wrote, “Dickens was glorious.  He literally floated in braggadocio.  His air of …