Alex Johnson

The Charles Dickens Museum in London has acquired a substantial private collection of Dickens material from the U.S., including 144 handwritten letters by the author (25 of which are unpublished); personal items including writing implements and jewelry; original artwork by the illustrators of Dickens’ books, including George Cruikshank, John Leech,

Successful writers have long been adept at self-promotion – indeed, Stendhal even suggested that “Great success is not possible without a certain degree of shamelessness.” Taking advantage of the latest in technology can be particularly helpful, whether that means honing your tweets or Instagramming your writing shed.

In the nineteenth century, the arrival of the photograph was a boon

The National Archives in London celebrates Valentine’s Day with a new exhibition called With Love. Highlights include the will of Anne Lister, the early nineteenth-century lesbian entrepreneur and diarist whose life has recently been dramatized in the popular BBC-HBO television drama

The Brontë Parsonage Museum in Haworth, England, has been closed this month for conservation work, but on Friday, January 17, the 200th birthday of novelist Anne Brontë, there is a free preview day (10:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.) for the museum’s forthcoming exhibition,

There is a month left to enjoy the Doris Lessing 100 exhibition at the University of East Anglia’s Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts in Norwich, celebrating the centenary of the Nobel Prize-winning author’s birth.

Lessing left dozens of boxes of personal material to the UEA’s

Troy: myth and reality at the British Museum is the first major Troy exhibition in the UK. While it concentrates on pottery, weaponry, and sculpture to tell the story of the Trojan War and its legacy in around 300 objects, the show also features a wealth of literary treasures associated with the well known

Charles Dickens has become synonymous with Christmas, but a new exhibition at his Victorian house museum in London shows that his relationship with the festive season was not all sweetness and light.

Beautiful Books: Dickens and the Business of Christmas has a fine

An exhibition presenting new works by popular illustrator Quentin Blake opens later this week at Shapero Rare Books in London.

An Anthology of Readers will feature 72 pen, ink, and watercolor drawings focusing on people of all ages who love reading books. “Reading is interesting to me and as it happens it is the only thing in which I have a

Modern British graphic design owes a significant debt to the work of German-born Marie Neurath, an excellent display of which finishes early next month at the House of Illustration in London.

Marie Neurath: Picturing Science showcases the work she did from the

While most museums aim to attract visitors by filling their rooms with the authentic possessions and works of their literary owners, staff at Dove Cottage & the Wordsworth Museum – the former home of William and Dorothy Wordsworth in the UK’s Lake District – are hoping to pull in the crowds by displaying it entirely empty.
 
The museum