the dickens

dickens

1. The devil. Typically used as an intensifier. What the dickens is going on in here? I heard that loud bang all the way down the hall.
2. A mischievous child. A: "Ella just pulled over a chair so she could reach the cookies on the high shelf." B: "Boy, she's a clever little dickens, that's for sure."

the dickens

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Lucinda says the Dickens family still follows a similar pattern, adding: "He made the Christmas everyone loves.
Previous sources such as George Ford and Lauriat Lane's The Dickens Critics (1961) and Philip Collins' Dickens: The Critical Heritage (1971) were selective in discussing and reprinting reviews from the period, whereas Grass's coverage is more thorough.
It might be fairer to refer to the topic as the Dickens scandals, since, even during his life, there was disapproving talk of his relationship with his sister-in-law, Georgina Hogarth.
This work presents papers by scholars of Dickens and 19th-century culture, culled from a conference organized by the Dickens Journals Online website project, which offers a digital archive of Dickens's magazines.
One marker of this power can be seen in the Dickens Museum in London, the curators of which have made a point to display a number of artifacts from Dickens's reading tours alongside a visual dictionary of Star Wars: Episode One and a ticket to the Madonna: Blond Ambition tour in order "to equate modern product association and levels of celebrity with the type of fame and demand Dickens achieved in his lifetime.
As I look up from my desk, I see a portrait of Charles Dickens, sitting at his desk, dreaming imaginatively about the characters in his novels, a picture I acquired visiting the Dickens home and museum in London, England.
We began the Dickens birthday celebration with a service of Thanksgiving in Westminster Abbey, at Poets' Corner, where Dickens is buried.
According to the Dickens 2012 official website, the exhibition which runs till 28 October, 2012 will explore the significant connection between Charles Dickens and visual art.
Indeed there was a copy of Murray's Handbook for Travellers in France (1843) in Dickens' library (Stonehouse, Catalogue of the library of Charles Dickens, 84), and it is likely that he used the guides to Northern and Central Italy on his visit in 1844-45: Nicholas Bentley, Michael Slater and Nina Burgis, The Dickens Index, (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003), 173; see also the book order to John Murray of 5 March 1844 (Letters, 4.
She said that during the five years she spent researching and writing the Dickens biography, the subject had taken over her life "completely".
He told how the males of the Dickens family still meet up in his favourite London pub, the George and Vulture, to catch up every year.
Both of these houses have since been demolished, but the Dickens Fellowship bought 48 Doughty Street in 1924, opening it as a museum the following year under the auspices of a charitable trust.
And the latest chapter in the Dickens dynasty also begins as the world gears up to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the author's own birth this year - with more lavish adaptations of his novels planned, plus a film of his life starring Ralph Fiennes.
Mrs Dickens' Family Christmas (BBC Two, December 30, 10pm) [bar] Headly Headly Headly Headly Headly Headly Headly Headly Headly Headly Headly Headly Headly Headly Headly Headly Headly Headly Headly Headly Headly Headly [bar] Looking at the marriage of Charles Dickens through the eyes of his wife, Catherine, Sue Perkins exposes the lesser-known reality of the Dickens family Christmas - very different from the heart-warming versions he pedalled in A Christmas Carol.
In Worcester, members of the Dickens Fellowship meet regularly to share the words and life of the author.