The Artful Dickens: The Tricks and Plays of the Great Novelist
Finishes at: Wednesday 20 October 3:00 PM
The speaker will join guests in the Dining Hall for lunch at 12.30 pm.
The Literary Lunch is an added option to be be purchased with your talk ticket at checkout.
150 years after Dickens’s death, his gloriously entertaining and astute novels still draw readers new and old into his mesmerising world of gargoyles and melodrama, orphans and dodgers, murderers and saintly women, shady lawyers, dark alleyways, strange smells and even stranger coincidences. John Mullan, Professor of Modern English Literature at University College, broadcaster and former Man Booker prize judge, pays enthusiastic tribute to a writer whose supposed flaws often reflect his audacity, originality and comic genius.
With extraordinary dexterity and a compendious knowledge of the novels, John Mullan celebrates the tricks of Dickens’s fictional trade and will take you on a richly illustrated, intimate journey through Dickens’s storytelling strategies and his vivid world. Wells Literature Festival aficionados will remember the unalloyed pleasure of John Mullan’s 2013 talk on Jane Austen and will look forward to a gloriously entertaining and critically revealing treat in the company of Charles Dickens, one of England’s greatest novelists.
“A marvellous, endlessly illuminating book … it doesn’t go on the shelf alongside other critics, it goes on the shelf alongside Dickens." Howard Jacobson
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