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Shelter from the Norm: Umbrellas Aren’t Always What They Seem in ‘Brolliology’

Mary Poppins, Mrs. Gamp, Egyptian deities, a Japanese umbrella spirit, and a supporting cast of hundreds of brollies fill Marion Rankine's lively history.

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Finding Resolution to 'The Mystery of Edwin Drood'

Writer Gwyneth Hughes gallantly strives to solve the biggest mystery of Charles Dickens' Edwin Drood: how it ends.

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Charles Dickens Through the Lens of Canonicity

Critical discourse on Charles Dickens – especially late Dickens, most especially of all Bleak House – has gotten out of hand, and finds itself concentrating on virtues that Dickens doesn’t actually possess in a bid to shoehorn him into our notion of what a great writer is and what his writing does.

Mark Wallace
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'Charles Dickens: A Life' Brings Dickens Down to Earth

Clare Tomalin's timely biography focuses on how the man who wrote both heroes and villains so well found elements of both in himself.

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The Curious Case of the Closure of the Charles Dickens Museum

Charles Dickens is a national, if not international, cultural figure. Is it such a problem that the London museum dedicated to him will be closed for the bicentenary?

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A Very Gödel Christmas, Batman

"'Cuz for this story to make sense… for it to mean anything… you have to believe in something. Something very important. You have to believe that people can change". Batman: Noël is the pure, staggering genius of superimposing Dickens' A Christmas Carol on the darkest of Dark Knights.

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Reality, and Then Some, as Conveyed in 'The Wire' and 'Oliver Twist'

The spoonful of sugar that The Wire employs in relating its harsh theme is all wrapped up in that medicine's themes of fatalism. The humor employed in Oliver Twist highlights the opposite: the needlessness of the system that allows orphans to starve to death.

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Bleak House

The special edition of this Dickens classic is an admirable example of the superiority of the Blu-ray format, highlighting the voluptuous period settings and finely wrought details in every episode of the 2005 mini-series.

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Little Dorrit

Primarily set in the institution of debtor’s prison, this shouldn’t resonate so deeply but it does, because these days it feels like the entire world has become a debtor’s prison.

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The Old Curiosity Shop

If you like your Dickens dark, this is about as bleak as it gets.

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Drood by Dan Simmons

Charles Dickens' last, unfinished novel is given new life in a story about the competitive friendship between Wilkie Collins and Dickens, both obsessed with a mysterious man named Drood.

Christopher Guerin
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Oliver Twist

Director Coky Giedroyc uses stark colors, complex textures, and an unusual soundtrack to bring to life the classic characters and complement some fabulous acting talent.

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