Dickens and America

By |2020-12-25T17:05:49-06:00December 25th, 2020|Categories: American Republic, Charles Dickens, Literature|

Charles Dickens loved the “idea” of America so much that, as with so many idealized romances, his beloved could not quite live up to his high expectations. G. K. Chesterton, that archetypal Englishman—he really could not be imagined as any other nationality—wrote probably the best biography of another quintessential Englishman, Charles Dickens. Chesterton’s biography is [...]

“Bleak House” and Original Sin

By |2020-05-09T10:30:28-05:00May 9th, 2020|Categories: Books, Charles Dickens, Christianity, Evil, Fiction, Imagination, Literature|

Charles Dickens’ Bleak House is considered by most contemporary critics to be his best novel and, although the postmodernist intellectual community should be navigated with caution, I am inclined to agree. It’s richly complex with an eclectic array of subplots, characters, and themes, and concludes with a bitter-sweet ending that is, unlike many contemporary stories, [...]

The Ghost of Dickens Past

By |2020-05-22T15:13:51-05:00February 6th, 2020|Categories: Books, Charles Dickens, Conservatism, Literature|

Critics have well acquainted us with Charles Dickens the sentimentalist—lover of the oppressed, defender of childhood innocence, decrier of England’s industrial sweatshops. But seldom have they given readers a glimpse of the Dickens with whom Myron Magnet deals in “Dickens and the Social Order”: Dickens the philosophical traditionalist. Dickens and the Social Order, by Myron [...]

Dickens’ “Great Expectations”: Pip’s Confessions

By |2019-07-02T11:56:04-05:00July 1st, 2019|Categories: Charles Dickens, Christianity, Literature, Morality, Paul Krause, Senior Contributors|

“Great Expectations” is a novel of self-introspection—especially as the story relates to our narrator and protagonist, Pip. The question of who Pip is and what he shall become is the fundamental theme that drives the story forward. “My father’s family name being Pirrip, and my Christian name Philip, my infant tongue could make of both [...]

A Tale of Two Resurrections

By |2019-04-21T00:06:15-05:00April 20th, 2019|Categories: Books, Charles Dickens, Christianity, Literature, Paul Krause, Senior Contributors|

Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities is a picturesque story that deliberately mirrors the most famous picturesque story of all time: the Biblical story, which culminates in Christ’s death and resurrection, and which in turn brings life back to a lifeless world. “With a roar that sounded as if all the breath in France [...]

Why Charles Dickens Makes Me Cry

By |2019-03-13T17:00:52-05:00March 13th, 2019|Categories: Books, Charles Dickens, Christine Norvell, Compassion, Literature, Senior Contributors|

I have read A Tale of Two Cities at least eight times now. Each time, I cry. Yes, each time. Why, I wonder, does Charles Dickens’ writing have this effect on me? I surprised myself today. As I was discussing the end of A Tale of Two Cities with my high-school juniors, we reviewed how Sydney [...]

Remembering To Be

By |2019-02-25T10:40:37-06:00February 24th, 2019|Categories: Charles Dickens, Education, Glenn Arbery, Liberal Learning, Literature, Timeless Essays, Wyoming Catholic College|

“Forgetfulness of being”—perhaps we could also call it “forgetfulness of givenness”—underlies most of the problems that we face. To forget being means to forget how astonishing it is that anything exists at all... Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our readers the opportunity to join Glenn Arbery, as he ponders the wonder of [...]

Home and Hearth: A Cautionary Christmas With Washington Irving

By |2020-11-29T11:24:47-06:00December 6th, 2018|Categories: Advent, Books, Charles Dickens, Christendom, Christianity, Christine Norvell, Christmas, G.K. Chesterton, Literature, Senior Contributors|

In the 1820s, Washington Irving was credited with inspiring the romantic revival of Christmas in America. His Sketchbook of Geoffrey Crayon, Gentleman relayed sentimental tales of the British holiday with all its romance and traditions. The five Christmas tales were later published in 1875 as a separate collection titled Old Christmas.* Having lived in London and its surroundings [...]

Remembering To Be

By |2019-10-30T15:37:46-05:00July 15th, 2017|Categories: Charles Dickens, Education, Glenn Arbery, Liberal Learning, Philosophy, Senior Contributors, Wyoming Catholic College|

“Forgetfulness of being”—perhaps we could also call it “forgetfulness of givenness”—underlies most of the problems that we face… Final exams (of blessed memory at this point) are always a way of getting students to pull together what they’ve read and thought about during the semester, but the best exams take that knowledge and guide it [...]

Charles Dickens and an Incomplete Ideal

By |2021-02-06T12:57:41-06:00June 29th, 2017|Categories: Character, Charity, Charles Dickens, Literature, Love, Marriage|

Through reading the works of Charles Dickens, we may be inspired to take a closer look at our own priorities and come to a deeper understanding of our inability to embody perfectly our own ideals. Throughout the career of the esteemed literary giant Charles Dickens, selfless love as opposed to selfishness served as an underlying [...]

What is the True Nature of Ebenezer Scrooge?

By |2019-12-19T11:07:25-06:00December 23rd, 2016|Categories: Books, Charles Dickens, Christianity, Christmas, Literature|

It is insufficient to say that Ebenezer Scrooge is greedy. Scrooge believes that in his private life no one can make claims on his substance or time. He the kind of man who understands life to reduce to contracts... In September 1843, Charles Dickens started writing his little book, A Christmas Carol, one of very few [...]

Holy Ghosts & the Spirit of Christmas: “A Christmas Carol”

By |2021-01-02T10:55:27-06:00December 24th, 2015|Categories: Books, Charles Dickens, Christmas, Joseph Pearce, Literature|

"A Christmas Carol" is, as might be expected of a meditation on the spirit of Christmas, a literary work that operates most profoundly on the level of theology. It could be argued and has been argued that, after Shakespeare, Charles Dickens is the finest writer in the English language. His works have forged their way [...]

Huck and Pip: The Tale of Two Orphans

By |2016-11-26T10:21:14-06:00October 25th, 2015|Categories: Books, Charles Dickens, Dwight Longenecker, Family, Literature|

“Give your hero family problems!” demanded my screenwriting tutor. “For the film to have depth and meaning, the outward storyline needs to reflect the hero’s inward journey to grow up, overcome his faults, find true love and lasting happiness. The hero must suffer from an inner wound,” he continued, “and his quest to find healing [...]

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