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Charles Dickens Lectures: Professor John Mullan on A Christmas Carol

Wed Nov 28, 2018

For those of you who were unable to obtain tickets for our sell-out Dickens Lecture Series, you can find the first installment here given by Lord Northcliffe Chair of Modern English Literature at UCL, Professor John Mullan. In his talk John explored the creative inventiveness of Dickens' use of language when writing his 1843 masterpiece 'A Christmas Carol'. Just what was it about Dickens' ghostly carol that made it so appealing to his Victorian audience, and why has it remained an enduring classic for the past 175 years?

The lecture series accompanies our exhibition 'Charles Dickens: The Lost Portrait', the focal point of which, a lost portrait of Dickens aged 31, was painted during the very same weeks Dickens was writing his festive tale.

The portrait is on display at the gallery until 25 Jan 2019 - please check the gallery website for holiday closure times.