Charles Dickens

Spectator Books of the Year: The version of ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ that’s funnier than the original

10 December 2016 9:30

Anne Tyler’s Vinegar Girl (Hogarth, £16.99), her modern version of The Taming of the Shrew, came as a surprise: the…

Palmer Murder Trial

Courtroom drama in 1828 – courtesy of The Spectator

20 January 2014 13:19

It’s a real pleasure looking through the first few editions of the Spectator from 1828, where the police reports and…

Charles Dickens photographed in New York on 15th February 1868, on his second visit to America.

‘A banishment’ – Gloria Deak describes the visits of celebrated Victorians to America

17 September 2013 13:17

No, they decidedly did not like us — this is true at least for the majority of the nineteenth-century British…

Charles Dickens as a very young man. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

A.D. Harvey in The Spectator – a little tribute to Eric Naiman’s ‘When Dickens met Dostoevsky’

19 April 2013 15:22

Beginning with what he finds to be a rather implausible account of a meeting between Dickens and Dostoevsky, Eric Naiman’s…

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Abraham Lincoln, the ‘specious humbug’

28 January 2013 10:38

This post by M.E. Synon is the first in a series about Stephen Spielberg’s Lincoln. A counter-argument will be published tomorrow,…

Magwitch, Miss Havisham, Pip and Estella pose for pictures at the BFI's 'Great Expectations' gala night. Image: Getty

Mike Newell’s Great Expectations will leave you with great questions

30 November 2012 13:43

You cannot have failed to learn that a new film adaptation of Great Expectations has been released today. Publicity for…

From the archives: Mr Dickens’ ghost story

25 December 2011 9:33

It is the bicentenary of Charles Dickens’ birth in February, and Christmas Day today; so a sterling occasion to reproduce…