Professor Jon Mee teaches in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Warwick. He has made a wonderful documentary posted on YouTube by the University (so they want you to have free access!). Chronicling Dickens from the perspective of a literary scholar, Mee takes us on a journey through London of the Nineteenth Century showing us Dickens childhood, his politics, and his literary skills.
I love Dickens. I’ve managed to read A Tale of Two Cites, Hard Times, Great Expectations, Our Mutual Friend, Oliver Twist, Bleak House, and Nicholas Nickleby (my sentimental favorite – I fell in love with Smike). I intend to read all of Dickens and I hope to teach Dickens in the years to come. A wonderful storyteller. A profound commentator on his own culture. The ideal Victorian who moved from poverty to the middle classes, and eventually to wealth. As a wealthy man, he was a philanthropist who sought to fight poverty and protect women driven to prostitution.
Dickens was not perfect, but that makes him all the more attractive. It is Dickens’ humanity that is the most moving element of his work and his life. Dickens reached people of all classes, all sexes, and today he reaches people of many cultures.
Join me in my love of Dickens. Watch Dr. Mee’s wonderful documentary. Then, read one of his novels.