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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]

"What we're trying to show in the exhibition is that spirits and specters crop up in his writing beyond just the well-known ghost stories," Kubicki says. "It starts with The Pickwick Papers, where they are in a story within a story, as people tell tales about ghosts, while the most references to ghosts crop up in Bleak House, which is about a long-running legal dispute, so it's not actually a ghost story.

"For that reason, it's hard to say exactly how many ghost stories Dickens wrote, but it's probably around 20."

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