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19 August 2023

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Dickensland: The Curious History of Dickens’s London Lee Jackson

Yale University Press, pp.272, 20

Is Dickens’s London a place, or a state of mind, or a bit of both? I used to ask myself the question all the time when I was literary editor of this periodical and our office in Doughty Street was a few doors down from the Dickens Museum, at no.

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