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Standing Room Only

On this date in 1867, Charles Dickens gives his first public reading in New York City. People stood in two lines almost a mile long waiting for tickets before the box office opened.

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Memorable Lights from Literature

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34 Compelling First Lines of Famous Books

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Big-Name Authors & Their Weird Jobs

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Hard Times Begins on This Date

The first installment of Charles Dickens’s Hard Times appears on this date in 1854. The novel is the shortest of Dickens’s work and is a scathing indictment of utilitarianism.

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Wilkie Collins Born on This Date

British mystery writer Wilkie Collins born this date in 1824. Collins, a friend of Charles Dickens, was very popular during the Victorian era. He wrote 30 novels, including The Woman in White, The Moonstone, and Armadale.

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Bah, Humbug!

Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol is published on this date in 1843.

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Prince Regent’s Nemesis Born on This Date

Leigh Hunt born this date in 1784. Hunt spent two years in prison for at attack on the Prince Regent. He had many luminaries visit him in prison, including Lord Byron and Charles Lamb. Although Hunt was a poet, he … Continue reading

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Elizabeth Gaskell Born on This Date

Elizabeth Gaskell born on this date in 1810. Mrs. Gaskell, as she is known, was the wife of a Unitarian minister; she started her writing career as a way to assuage her grief over the death of her infant son. … Continue reading

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Dickens Died on This Date

Charles Dickens died this date in 1870. Most Dickensian scholars contend that the author’s strenuous public readings led to his death at 58. He was given a public funeral at Poet’s Corner in Westminster Abbey.

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