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The Pickwick Papers
Dickens Literary Salon: Pickwick Papers

Dickens Literary Salon: Pickwick Papers

All year long the Free Library of Philadelphia will be holding Dickens Literary Salons.  We’ll be meeting on the third Thursday of every month to discuss a different novel by Dickens in the Elkins Room of the Rare Book Department.  A full schedule can be found here.  The Salons are free and …

Boz Bicentenary Speakers: Richard Bravo on Pickwick

Boz Bicentenary Speakers: Richard Bravo on Pickwick

The first event of the Dickens Bicentenary celebration at the Free Library of Philadelphia is on Wednesday, January 11 at 7:30PM.  Richard Bravo, President and Chairman of The Philadelphia Pickwick Club, will speak about Dickens’ first great novel, The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club.

Bravo is an actor, director and …

I want a Sam Weller.

I want a Sam Weller.

Mr Pickwick hires Sam Weller to be his manservant (from the 1985 BBC Pickwick series)

Mr Pickwick hires Sam Weller to be his manservant (from the 1985 BBC Pickwick series)

Act, Scene, Chapter

Dickens was enamoured by the theatre.  He thought of becoming a professional actor and acted in many amateur productions (often of his own devising).  Many of his acquanintances commented on the histrionic nature of his personality.  In public, Dickens was always performing.

One can really see the theatrical nature of Dickens in the …

Pickwickian frogs, elephants and monkeys

Mrs Leo Hunter’s “Ode to an Expiring Frog” was one of the highlights of Pickwick.  Another reader pointed out to me that Harold Bloom includes the Ode in the Dickens section of his book Genius.  I think I agree:

Can I view thee panting, lying

On thy stomach, without sighing;

Can …