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…

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…

‘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…

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…

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,…

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…