Despite all we know about him, Dickens remains a mystery. Robert Douglas-Fairhurst explores our fascination with the great novelist
By Robert Douglas-Fairhurst - The Telegraph - 26 Sep 2011
Even the illiterate couldn’t avoid a writer whose photographs stared out from shop windows, and who could often be spotted on one of his energetic walks across London, appearing “in the oddest places, and in the most inclement weather”, as if pursuing his characters, or possibly trying to shake them off.
Given how large Dickens looms in the popular imagination, swollen by fame and barnacled by rumour, there has always been a particular fascination with the man behind the stories. Yet even here Dickens has shown a remarkable resistance to being explained away.
Full piece at The Telegraph.