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Ghosts keep spirit of Dickens alive

By Julian Shea | China Daily | Updated: 2022-10-11 08:14

A new exhibition at the Charles Dickens Museum shows Dickens the Great Magician by Joseph Clayton Clark. Other items on display include a copy of The Haunted Man owned by Dickens with, in the middle, a miniature edition of The Chimes.[Photo provided to China Daily]

An article in the September 1999 edition of the scholarly publication Dickens Quarterly mentions that the first translations of his novels appeared in China in the 1900s. Just over a century later, in 2012, Zhejiang Gongshang University Press produced the first translation of Dickens' complete works — novels, short stories, essays and all.

A new exhibition at the Charles Dickens Museum in London, entitled To Be Read at Dusk: Dickens, Ghosts and the Supernatural, which runs through March 5, 2023, focuses not so much on the unforgettable people into which Dickens breathed life, but the less tangible world of spirits and ghosts, a subject that was hugely popular when he was writing, and which ran as a thread through much of his work.

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