A rose thrown in Dickens’s grave with Dr Leon Litvack
In this short video, Dr Leon Litvack explores the public impact of Dickens’s death. He focuses on the portrait of Dickens on his deathbed by John Everett Millais, and on a rose thrown into his grave by an anonymous member of the funeral crowd. Both objects are now part of the Charles Dickens Museum’s collection (dickensmuseum.com).
Dr Litvack is Reader at the School of Arts, English and Languages at Queen’s University Belfast. He is Principal Editor of the Charles Dickens Letters Project and is working on the authoritative Clarendon critical edition of Dickens's last completed novel, Our Mutual Friend, for Oxford University Press. His most recent book is On the Grass When I Arrive: An Anthology of New Writing from Northern Ireland on Place, Home and Belonging (Derry: Guildhall Press, 2016).
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