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SOLD OUT: The Victorian City: Everyday Life in Dickens’ London

Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Reception to follow
This event is SOLD OUT.
Judith Flanders

The Victorian City: Everyday Life in Dickens’ London

Lecture presented in conjunction with the Royal Oak Foundation.
The formation of the Boston Athenæum in 1807 was influenced by the Athenæum and Lyceum of Liverpool, Great Britain. Interest in Angl0-Saxon heritage among Boston Athenæum members has not waned, and is reflected in the annual lecture series with the Royal Oak Society. Calling on the magical eye of Charles Dickens, Flanders takes her readers down the teeming city streets of the 19th century, conjuring up the once-common street bands, street sellers, street walkers and street children. How did passengers hail an omnibus? How were the streets paved before macadam? How did householders collect their drinking water? With these and other questions, Flanders brings back to life a city of pea-soup fogs, horse manure, and even gutters running with blood.


Judith Flanders wrote her first book, A Circle of Sisters, the biography of four Victorian sisters, in 2001, which was nominated for the Guardian First Book Award. Her subsequent books, The Victorian House (in the USA, as Inside the Victorian Home) and The Invention of Murder, received widespread praise. The Victorian City: Everyday Life in Dickens’ London is her most recent book. Flanders also contributes articles, features, and reviews for a number of newspapers and magazines.

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