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Now in its 14th year of publication, this magazine was created to offer the discerning reader a stimulating selection of excellent original writing. Black Lamb Review is a literate rather than a literary publication. Regular columns by writers in a variety of geographic locations and vocations are supplemented by features, reviews, articles on books and authors, and a selection of “departments,” including an acerbic advice column and a lamb recipe.

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A Week in Literary History

February 2nd, 2002

Beloved English novelist Charles (John Huffam) Dickens (David Copperfield, 1849-50) is born in 1812 in Portsmouth, Hampshire.

Charles Dickens, b. February 2, 1812, d. 1870

dickenscaricature.jpgLittle need be said about Dickens except that his books have been read continuously since they were written, and it’s likely they will continue to be read continously so long as people continue to read. Even when Victorian England is a long-forgotten place, there will be the incomparable stories. Even when the welfare state has eradicated all remaining forms of social outrage, there will be the unforgettable characters. And Dickens’ narrative scope and largeness of heart will always remain, reminding us why Chesteron called him “the last of the great men.”

Suggested Reading Novels The Pickwick Papers, 1836-37. Oliver Twist, 1837-38. Nicholas Nickleby, 1838-39. The Old Curiosity Shop, 1840-41. Barnaby Rudge, 1841. Martin Chuzzlewit, 1843-44. Dombey and Son, 1846-48. David Copperfield, 1849-50. Bleak House, 1852-53. Hard Times, 1854. Little Dorrit, 1855-57. A Tale of Two Cities, 1859. Great Expectations, 1860-61. Our Mutual Friend, 1864-66. The Mystery of Edwin Drood, 1970. Sketches & tales Sketches by Boz, 1836. Sketches of a Young Gentleman, 1838. A Christmas Carol, 1843. Travel sketches & impressions American Notes, 1842. Pictures from Italy, 1846.

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