Dickens's reading desk with Dr Leon Litvack
In this short video, Dr Leon Litvack explores the importance of Dickens’s reading desk, on display at the Charles Dickens Museum in London (dickensmuseum.com).* Dickens had it specially made for his hugely successful late career as a solo performer of his own works.
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).
*Please note the reading desk is currently on loan for a special exhibition at the Morgan Library in New York and will be back with us from February 2018.
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