The Great Dickens Christmas Fair and Victorian Holiday Party
2021 Season Pending Weekends Nov. 20 - Dec. 19 at the Cow Palace
The Great Dickens Christmas Fair and Victorian Holiday Party


Charles Dickens, by The School of Life - An animated video by a London-based educational company "devoted to developing emotional intelligence through the help of culture." This video places Dickens in the context of his times while relating him to the present day, focusing on his belief that his writings could motivate people to work on solving social problems.

A list of Dickens' novels, including historical context, links to read the novels online, and links to the orignal novel illustrations:
Recommended movie adaptations of Dickens' works (originally compiled for costume reference, but good for watching in general!:
Dickens' London in Pictures
Charles Dickens in Pictures
Dickens & the Victorian City (by the Portsmouth University
Of specific interest in preparing for the Dickens Christmas Fair:
Dickens' Journals Online, presented by The University of Buckingham, allows you to browse digitized volumes of journals edited and contributed to by Charles Dickens - Household Words, Household Narrative, Household Words Almanac, and All the Year Round.
Google play presents this compilation of free and featured Dickens works, assembled in honor of the 200th anniversary:
(Must register with their website to view)
The Dickens Project's Mini-Documentary
David Perdue's Charles Dickens Page
A wonderful site dedicated to educating and increasing awareness of Dickens' life and works with a new generation of readers.
Time Magazine
...Building up to Charles Dickens' birthday, TIME will be posting commentary on novel a day in a countdown to the top Dickens novel of all time.
The New Yorker
A.Word.A.Day Description of "Wellerisms"
Pop Matters
...A blog for all things Dickens: quotes, reflections, adaptations, references and tributes from other authors, and more.
The Victorian Web
...A comprehensive list of resources, printed and on the web. Includes information on historical context, scholarly writing on themes/characterization/etc., and other commentary and imagery.

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Vanity Fair
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