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Issue 50 / December 2012

Charles Dickens's London of dirt and despair captured in evocative exhibition

Paintings of Victorian poverty go on display alongside rare manuscripts in the first museum show on the author in 40 years

Alex Werner, curator of the first major museum show on Charles Dickens for more than 40 years, says one of his favourite exhibits is a small drawing that it would be easy for visitors to overlook: it shows a large heap of dust through which women are sifting in the hope of finding bits of metal or bone or anything else they can sell.

From: Books: Books + News |

Wednesday, 7 December, 2011

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