On Thursday, May 13 at 6 p.m. the Hudson Library & Historical Society will host a live virtual streaming event with John Mullan, author of The Artful Dickens: The Tricks and Ploys of the Great Novelist, “a brisk, authoritative look at a literary icon” according to a starred Kirkus Review.
In thirteen entertaining and wonderfully insightful essays, Mullan explores the literary machinations of Dickens's eccentric genius, from his delight in clichés to his rendering of smells and his outrageous use of coincidences. A treat for all lovers of Dickens, this essential companion puts his audacity, originality and brilliance on full display. The Times calls it “A feast of Dickensian knowledge.” The Guardian opines, “If Mullan put into his hat a creator of gargoyles and spinner of melodrama, he pulled out an innovator who broke all the rules.”
Mullan is Lord Northcliffe Professor of Modern English Literature at University College London. He has published extensively on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century literature. He is also a prolific broadcaster and journalist, and writes on contemporary fiction for the Guardian. In 2009 he was one of the judges for the Man Booker Prize. His most recent book is What Matters in Jane Austen? He has lectured widely on both Austen and Dickens in the UK and the US, and makes regular appearances at UK literary festivals.
Copies of The Artful Dickens will be available for purchase courtesy of the Learned Owl Book Shop. Registration for this program is required and a valid email address is required at time of registration. Participants will receive an email invitation to attend the program, hosted on Zoom, a day before the program begins.
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