Things tagged Charles Dickens


  1. Ignatius Press Novels

    The Shop of Ghosts

    December 15, 2015 6:33 pm 1 Comment

    Nearly all the best and most precious things in the universe you can get for a halfpenny. I make an exception, of course, of the sun, the moon, the earth, people, stars, thunderstorms, and such trifles. You can get them for nothing. Also I make an exception of another thing,… Read more »

    Tags: Charles Dickens Christmas G.K. Chesterton short story

  2. Our War on Christmas (and How to Lose It)

    December 31, 2014 5:25 pm 1 Comment

    On this seventh day of Christmas, with the stress of holiday visits fading and the new year hard ahead, I’d like to look at the recent metaphor, widely used, of a war on Christmas. It’s an idea touted in one venue and mocked in another. The idea is that overdeveloped… Read more »

    Tags: Charles Dickens Christmas culture G.K. Chesterton John Henry Newman scrooge

  3. T. M. Doran

    Dickens, Ratty, and Middle Earth

    March 12, 2014 1:40 pm 6 Comments

    Many who have read and treasured The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings have insisted that no other story has had a comparable effect on them. People point to other literary myths and fantasy stories that have been enjoyable reads, but which pale in comparison to Tolkien’s masterpiece. Such… Read more »

    Tags: Charles Dickens Grahame J.R.R. Tolkien

  4. T. M. Doran

    Literary Leaders

    December 3, 2013 6:00 am Leave a Comment

    A literary device that’s often used but hard to elegantly execute involves the unlikely, seemingly inadequate leader. By elegant execution I mean an unconventional leader, but not someone blessed with good fortune, or making opportunistic decisions, or directed by an invisible hand, or even a James Bond whose skills and… Read more »

    Tags: adventure Charles Dickens J.R.R. Tolkien leadership Watership Down