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Michael Slater is Professor of Victorian Literature at Birkbeck College, London,a former Editor of The Dickensian and a past President of the International Dickens Fellowship. His many publications include Penguinís full-length biography Charles Dickens and his four-volume Uniform Edition of Dickensís Journalism.
Genius of Dickens
‘Slater, the most distinguished of modern Dickens scholars, is master of detail’ John Bowen Times Literary Review
‘No living person is a greater authority on the life and works of Charles Dickens than Michael Slater’ Claire Tomalin
Dickens is one of the greatest literary icons in the English-speaking world, who possessed a genius as a communicator as well as a storyteller, and who remains a writer of inexhaustible popular interest, as notable today on screen as on the bookshelf. Michael Slater has spent half a century reading and writing about him - above all enjoying him. In this book he provides a personal insight into the truth of a famous tribute paid to Dickens by a helper on his triumphal Public Reading tours: 'The more you want out of the Master, the more you'll find in him.' Previously published as The Intelligent Person's Guide to Dickens, this anniversary hardback includes a new preface. Ranging widely over Dickens's fiction, journalism, letters and speeches, it captures the ideas and beliefs, the social and artistic ideals of 'Dickensian values', and the ambition, that inspired and shaped Dickens's prodigious output, offering an authoritative short portrait of Dickens the man and writer.
To celebrate the bicentenary of Charles Dickens, Bishopsgate Institute presents a series of events as part of their London in Fiction series. These events will explore some of the themes of this master storyteller including the Metropolitan Police, his wonderful characters and Victorian prostitution.
Dickens and the Met: Doing the Police in Different Voices
Tuesday 21 February at 7.30pm
One of the few contemporary institutions to have Dickens's unqualified approval was the Metropolitan Police. The supremely resourceful and effective Inspector Bucket in Bleak House was based upon Detective Inspector Charles Field who would escort Dickens and his friends on tours of some of London's most notorious criminal slums. 'Mr Inspector' in Our Mutual Friend is another police character admiringly presented by Dickens. In his talk Michael Slater will discuss not only the Metropolitan Police in Dickens's novels but also his extensive journalistic writings about the Force, especially the Detective Branch.
Michael Slater is Emeritus Professor of Victorian Literature at Birkbeck, University of London, and a Past President of both the Dickens Fellowship and the Dickens Society of America. He is the author of a number of books on Dickens, most recently Charles Dickens.
Venue: Bishopsgate Institute, 230 Bishopsgate, London, EC2M 4QH. Tickets: £8, concs £6. For more information or to book tickets visit www.bishopsgate.org.uk or call 020 7392 9200.