Two Small Windows with Professor Michael Slater


Professor Michael Slater MBE examines the two small windows displayed in the Charles Dickens Museum in London ( One came from a childhood home of Dickens. The other is thought to have been the model for the window through which Bill Sikes pushes Oliver in Dickens’s novel Oliver Twist.

This is the second of two short videos in which the celebrated expert explores the relationship between the fact and fiction in Dickens’s life and work. The first video is at 

Professor Slater is a Fellow of Birkbeck University of London and Emeritus Professor in its Department of English and Humanities. He is one of the world’s most highly regarded Dickens scholars. He is a past President of the International Dickens Fellowship and of the Dickens Society of America, and former editor of ‘The Dickensian’. His internationally acclaimed books include Charles Dickens. A Life Defined by Writing (Yale UP, 2011), The Great Charles Dickens Scandal (Yale UP, 2012) and Dickens on America & The Americans (Edward Everett Root Publishers, September 2017).

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