|Posted on October 3, 2019 at 8:00 AM|
This meeting's speaker was Dr. Keith Hooper who spoke on the life of Charles Dickens.
Commended by his examiners, for his extensive knowledge of Dickens’s work, Keith Hooper was awarded a Doctorate from the University of Exeter in July 2009. Two years later, his first published article appeared in The Dickensian.
Dr. Keith injected humour & an understanding of the personality of one of our most famous authors.
For most of us, Dickens' novels are somewhat "dry" but Dr John through his insight & understanding of Dickens' underlying personality, was able to offer us an interesting critique of how Charles Dickens created the personalities in his books.
Dr. Keith outlined Dickens' upbringing in Portsmouth & the difficulties that ensured when his father was imprisoned for embezzling the Royal Navy.
Despite no formal education Dickens edited a journal for 20 years, wrote 15 novels as well as lecturing & campaigning for many aspects of social reform.
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