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Charles Dickens' 200th birthday


Queen’s University English professor Robert Morrison is available to talk about Charles Dickens’s 200th birthday, which takes place on Tuesday, February 7.

Dr. Morrison can talk about the impact of Dickens on the literary world and why novels such as A Christmas Carol, David Copperfield, Oliver Twist, and Bleak House remain popular two centuries later.

Dr. Morrison feels Dickens has had a profound impact on our culture – especially Christmas traditions – but many people don’t realize it.

“He invented Christmas – the themes of generosity and Christmas spirit is largely defined by Dickens. He turned Christmas into an event. That’s the power of his novels – singing carols, being a Scrooge – Dickens captured the imagination of people. There are few authors whose writings have so thoroughly permeated our culture that their influence goes virtually unnoticed," says Dr. Morrison.  "He also responsible for some classic literary lines that have become a part of today’s culture, such as ‘it was the best of times, it was the worst of times,’ and ‘Please sir, can I have some more?’”

To arrange an interview, please contact communication officers Michael Onesi at 613.533.6000 ext. 77513 ormichael.onesi@queensu.ca or Anne Craig at 613-533-2877 or Anne.Craig@queensu.ca at Queen’s University News and Media Services Department in Kingston, Ont., Canada.

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