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Dickens and the Met

Bishopsgate Institute, 230 Bishopsgate, London EC2M 4QH
Tue, 21st February 2012 - Tue, 21st February 2012

One of the few contemporary institutions to have Dickens’s unqualified approval was the Metropolitan Police. The supremely resourceful and effective Inspector Bucket in 'Bleak House' was based upon Detective Inspector Charles Field who would escort Dickens and his friends on tours of some of London’s most notorious criminal slums. ‘Mr Inspector’ in 'Our Mutual Friend' is another police character admiringly presented by Dickens. In his talk Michael Slater will discuss not only the Metropolitan Police in Dickens’s novels but also his extensive journalistic writings about the Force, especially the Detective Branch. Michael Slater is Emeritus Professor of Victorian Literature at Birkbeck, University of London, and a Past President of both the Dickens Fellowship and the Dickens Society of America. He is the author of a number of books on Dickens, most recently 'Charles Dickens'.
Time: 7.30pm.
Tickets: £8, concs £6. For booking details and further information please visit www.bishopsgate.org.uk or telephone 020 7392 9200.

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