OLD CURIOSITY SHOP LONDON — Charles Dickens, in the realm of fiction, has given to the English-reading world a host of veritable friends. The heroes or most other novelists amuse, instruct or entertain us, but quickly fade into oblivion, like chance acquaintances. But to the genuine lover of Dickens his characters are not fictitious — they are real. We laugh with them, we cry with them, we love their virtues, we forgive their frailties, till they are sealed to us as life-long friends. Nor is this all; for Dickens’ characters are usually linked to certain places which he selected with great care, and sketched with wonderful fidelity. It is in fact this vivid picturing of place and person that makes it a continual pleasure to trace his works in that great World’s-Metropolis, of which he was so fond. Thus, of late years, books have been written for this special purpose, and by the aid of these we may spend days in London itself, to say nothing of rural England, noting all sorts of odd localities, streets, houses, inns and churches, such as the quaint sign which suggested to Dickens his idea of Little Nell’s “Old Curiosity Shop” to the house where Mr. Tulkinghorn resided or even the church-yard gate, beside which lay the lifeless body of poor Lady Dedlock. “Charles Dickens’ London,” therefore, and “Through England with Dickens,” should never be omitted from the library of any European tourist who loves the creator of “David Copperfield,” “Little Dorrit,” and the immortal “Pickwick.” (from John L. Stoddard, Glimpses of the world; a portfolio of photographs of the marvelous works of God and man – 1892)


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The Old Curiosity Shop, London by George Johnson 2015

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