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Bishopsgate Institute Podcast: Dicken's Tales of the City
From his earliest published stories to his last uncompleted novel, London is nearly always at the heart of Dickens's fiction. He needed the stimulus of walking the city's teeming streets ('that great magic lantern' he called them) to fire his imagination and to inspire him to create his unforgettable characters and invent his intricate plots. In this talk Professor Michael Slater, takes a fresh look at Dickens in London and London in Dickens. Professor Michael Slater is a leading authority on Charles Dickens. He has studied and written about Dickens extensively, was previous editor of The Dickensian and former President of the International Dickens Fellowship. He is currently Emeritus Professor of Victorian Literature at Birkbeck College and is the author of a major new biography of Dickens recently published by Yale University Press. Sarah Wise is an author and historian specialising in Victorian London.