Talk by Dr Tony Williams, plus post-talk quiz and mince pies. Christmas figures in Dickens’s works all through his career, from Sketches by Boz and Pickwick Papers to Great Expectations and Edwin Drood. It is, nevertheless, A Christmas Carol which helped to establish Dickens’s position as the pre-eminent writer about Christmas from 1843 onwards and which has a very powerful imaginative hold on us and a special place in our culture. He followed Christmas Carol with a short series of other Christmas Books and Christmas Stories and was well aware of the special status he had at Christmas.
Dr Tony Williams is Past President of the International Dickens Fellowship and Associate Editor of the Fellowship’s journal, The Dickensian. He is a frequent speaker on Dickens in this country and overseas. In this talk he will explore Dickens’s reputation as a continuing central part of our Christmas festivities.