Posted on 02/07/2020 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek
Happy 208th birthday, Charles Dickens!
It feels like we’ve been saving some non-time-sensitive stories about the author of A Christmas Carol, Oliver Twist, Great Expectations, and many more English classics for nearly that long.
Over the summer, we had:
The Guardian reporting on the “fan fiction” — or plagiarism — of Dickens’s works by press baron Edward Lloyd.
Dickens, as anyone can understand, was outraged by how Lloyd capitalized on his work, but was unable to persuade a judge to put a stop to the penny-dreadful copies.
And Crime Reads shared how Dickens was fascinated by detectives, which were a new development in the world of crime during Dickens’s prime writing years.