Talk:Charles Dickens

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Dickens's marriage[edit]

May I suggest that much more should be said about the failure of his marriage, his own role in this, and his treatment of Catherine and his children before and after. Peter Ackroyd for example would be a good source on this. It reflects very badly on D's character, which I fear is necessary for balance.

Place of death[edit]

He actually died in Peckham and was brought back to Gad's Hill. (213.122.144.40 (talk) 09:30, 27 July 2016 (UTC))

Semi-protected edit request on 27 September 2016[edit]


Under Farewell readings section, there is a typo in the year: 1689 should be 1869

Sqrtpi (talk) 17:34, 27 September 2016 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done thanks for pointing that out - Arjayay (talk) 18:34, 27 September 2016 (UTC)

Typo in 3rd sentence of 3rd paragraph of section 1[edit]

Instalments could be corrected to installments. Haugeb (talk) 22:13, 26 October 2016 (UTC)

Thanks, but Wikipedia follows WP:ENGVAR which says that articles can use US or UK spelling (and some other variations), and the spelling style should not be changed without agreement. I've seen so much odd spelling that I'm no longer sure which variation uses "installment", but there are 13 "instalment/instalments" in the article so that is likely to be correct. Johnuniq (talk) 02:42, 27 October 2016 (UTC)
Indeed, per WP:TIES the article should (and does) use the UK/Commonwealth spelling. Instalment is only spelled with two ls in the USA, the rest of the world spells it with one. WaggersTALK

Henry James[edit]

Henry James' opinion of Dickens during the author's lifetime, at least, was much more positive (at least according to Kaplan's biography of James); and in fact important positive experiences in James' life mentioned by Kaplan seem to have included furtively attending a reading of David Copperfield at a young age, and later in England briefly meeting Dickens (in passing anyway). The negative criticism you mention almost has to be post-1870... Schissel | Sound the Note! 00:00, 29 January 2017 (UTC) (my point being that to say that "James thought that" is accurate so far as it goes, if one's clear as to when and where, since as with many people his opinion changed, not slightly.)