Great Books Week 2011- Day 3

Street Doctor from 'Street Life in London,' 1877, by John Thompson and Adolphe Smith (Creative Commons- LSE Library)London and England seem omnipresent in Dickens work– as you read, you’ll get a sense for how the great city and the countryside looked, smelled, and even tasted during the Victorian era.

There are many Dickens-related sites in London itself, and you can get a quick overview of them on a thoughtfully-created “Visiting Dickens” Google map. There is a hand-drawn map (as well as many other excellent resources) on David Perdue’s Charles Dickens site as well.

Dickens is memorialized in Poet’s Corner in Westminster Abbey (England has the Poet’s Corner, American has the Hollywood Walk of Fame– similar idea, though it varies in subject and execution).

London Cabmen from 'Street Life in London', 1877, by John Thompson and Adolphe Smith- Creative Commons

Here’s the blog challenge question for Wednesday, October 5, 2011.

What would Dickens stories be like without the setting of Victorian England? Imagine Great Expectations set in modern-day Cleveland or ancient Greece. How would it change?

If you’d like to participate in the challenge, write a post on your own blog on the topic of the day, then jump back to this page to leave your post title and link in the comment section so that others can enjoy what you’ve written. Be sure to share your posts in Facebook, Twitter, and other social media. You may read the complete background of the challenge on the Day 1 post.

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“How hard it is to escape from places.  However carefully one goes they hold you – you leave little bits of yourself fluttering on the fences – like rags and shreds of your very life.”

~Katherine Mansfield