Frederic Ouvry

Charles Dickens' Lawyer

We are barely past the 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens’ birth, and already the writers on Dickens are jostling to identify that new angle, and those with a meaty work coming out during 2012 are wondering if the nation will be exhausted, or overtaken by the Olympics, by the time their baby is born.

From where might the new angle come? “Inside leg measurements of Charles Dickens and of his literary contemporaries”? A long-forgotten competitor to “Household Words”, containing a claim that “Charles Dickens ate my hamster”? (See The Sun of 13th April 1986).

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