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LONDON EXPLORES UNKNOWN FACET AS JOURNALIST OF CHARLES DICKENS

Charles Dickens Museum in London (1812-1870) presented the exhibition Restless Shadows, the first dedicated to exploring the “different, interesting and very broad” facet as a journalist and activist of the acclaimed English writer.

 

This was explained to EFE by his commissioner, John Drew, who indicated that the intention of the exhibition – which can be seen until October 29 in the British capital – is to reveal an aspect of Dickens “unknown to the general public” and in which it is shown a style “more impressionist and modern” that in his novels.
  
Journalism spanned Dickens’ career from his earliest days as a parliamentary correspondent (1831-34) to his years as editor of the weekly magazines Household Words (1850-59) and All the Year Round (1859-1870).
  
The exhibition includes an extensive collection of articles, speeches and letters reflecting this long career, all from the archives of the museum and Buckingham University.
  
Drew attributed the generalized ignorance on this side of the British to “hierarchy of literature, journalism is situated below the novel,” although he said that in recent years “reputation” has been gained and that this trend is “started” to change”.
   
The exhibition shows that “social problems and the struggle of the working class in London” were not issued that limited to Dickens’ novels but were also the object of his “articles and speeches throughout his life”.
  
In the midst of an industrial revolution in England and having suffered child labour as a result of his father’s debts, the writer described vicissitudes of the poor people in many of his works, creating a new social consciousness in Victorian times.
  
Drew argued that Dickens enjoyed the journalistic genre because he could “write about things he might not have written in his novels” and felt that his style was “more modernistic and experimental.”
  
In addition, the curator explained that it was a style that allowed him to easily combine writing on “very hard, graphic and sad” subjects with “touches of humour and irony” that, in his opinion, were “extraordinary.”
  
In addition to the work of the author, another of the highlights of the set is the wooden cane that Dickens used in the 1860s, a “symbol of his activism” because with his help he toured the streets of London to “face to face with people suffering in the streets “and look for” new ideas “to write about.
   
Restless Shadows co-existed in the museum, which was the house where the author lived with his wife and three children between 1837 and 1839 and where he wrote Oliver Twist (1938) and Nicholas Nickleby (1938) – with the permanent collection, the world’s most complete material related to Dickens.
  
The writer moved to that house after publishing Posthumous papers of the Pickwick club (1836) – that catapulted him to the fame – and in this is conserves, among many other furniture and original objects of the creator, the desk in which he will wrote Great expectations(1861).
  
Considered by many scholars as the best British writer in the nineteenth century, Dickens, who in recent years made world tours to read his works on stage, died at age 58 became a “celebrity”, as stated the director of the museum, Cindy Sughrue.
  
His work, which has never ceased to be published, influenced many of his contemporaries, such as the Russians Leo Tolstoy and Fyodor Dostoevsky, and remains a reference in modern British writers.
 
May 9, 2017, EFE/ Practica Español

 

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Question 1
La noticia trata...
A
de una muestra sobre un escritor británico.
B
de una exhibición sobre unas novelas inéditas de Dickens.
C
de una exposición sobre los mejores escritores británicos de la historia.
Question 2
Esta exposición tiene la intención de...
A
aproximar a los más jóvenes a la obra del escritor.
B
ahondar en un aspecto muy conocido de la obra autor.
C
mostrar un aspecto de Dickens que muy pocos conocen.
Question 3
Según el texto, Dickens estuvo desvinculado de la actividad periodística.
A
No se sabe.
B
Falso.
C
Verdadero.
Question 4
Según el comisario de la exposición, la causa de ese desconocimiento...
A
se debe a que la literatura suele estar mejor valorada que el periodismo.
B
se debe al desinterés por la obra de Dickens.
C
se debe a que Dickens tuvo una actividad periodística muy breve.
Question 5
¿Dónde se puede ver esta exposición?
A
En la casa del autor situada al norte del Reino Unido.
B
En un museo cercano a la capital británica.
C
En la casa museo donde Dickens estuvo viviendo.
Question 6
Según el texto...
A
los problemas sociales estuvieron presentes tanto en la novela como en los artículos de Dickens.
B
los problemas sociales nunca fueron un tema recurrente en las obras y artículos de Dickens.
C
Dickens solo retrató los problemas sociales de la época en sus novelas.
Question 7
El género periodístico le permitía hablar de otros asuntos mientras utilizaba otro estilo.
A
Falso.
B
Verdadero.
C
No se sabe.
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