There is a lost book by Dickens, one that recorded some of the most remarkable encounters of his life. Within it, he catalogued the stories told him by the women – prostitutes, confidence tricksters, thieves and attempted suicides – whom he interviewed before they were admitted to Urania Cottage, the refuge for fallen women he established in Shepherd’s Bush in the 1840s and effectively directed for a decade or more.
Britain's Royal Society of Chemistry says it has perfected the recipe for Oliver Twist's most famous meal — workhouse gruel.
Members of the society consulted historical sources and Charles Dickens' beloved novel to recreate the porridge, which is made from water, oats, milk and an onion.
Reading Dickens Four Ways: How Little Dorrit fares in multiple text formats, by Ann Kirschner, The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 12, 2009
Life would be poorer without the characters to whom he provided an introduction: Skimpole, Mrs. and Mr. Jellaby, Scrooge, Micawber, Edwin Drood, Miss Flite, Buzfuz, Fagan, Pickwick and Pecksniff, and on and on.
The Greatest Christmas Story Ever Told: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens is the quintessential yuletide tale, read and rehashed the world over. Why has it been so perennially popular? The Week, December 22, 2006
The Case for Ebeneezer, by Butler Shaffer, Lew Rockwell, December 13, 2004
The eternal mystery, by Peter Ackroyd, Guardian, December 4, 2004
Hands that mould the imagination: How Great Expectations moves the reader as great fiction should, by Sarah Waters, The Guardian, March 1, 2003