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Evening Talk & Book Signing: Jerry White - Dickens and the Marshalsea

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The Sir Duncan Rice Library

Bedford Road

Aberdeen

AB24 3AA

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In this guest lecture at the University of Aberdeen, the eminent historian Jerry White explores the place of the Marshalsea in the life and fiction of the writer Charles Dickens.

Charles Dickens’s life and writings were indelibly marked by his father’s indebtedness and eventual imprisonment in the Marshalsea Prison in the early months of 1824. The name and purpose of the prison was known to Dickens even before he encountered it in reality, but the sights he saw there, and the shame he felt as a consequence, stayed with him for the rest of his life.



About the speaker: Jerry White

Professor in Modern London History at Birkbeck and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society of England, Jerry White has been researching and writing London history since the mid-1970s. Among his many published works is London in the Twentieth Century: A City and Its People, winner of the 2002 Wolfson History Prize, and most recently Zeppelin Nights, London in the First World War, which was Spear’s 2014 Social History of the Year. His most recent book, Mansions of Misery. A Biography of the Marshalsea Debtors’ Prison, was published in October 2016.


  • This event will take place in the Craig Suite on the 7th Floor of the Sir Duncan Rice Library.
  • Doors open at 6pm.
  • Refreshments provided.

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There will be an opportunity to meet Jerry White after the talk and to purchase copies of Mansions of Misery and other publications by the author stocked by Blackwell's.

http://bookshop.blackwell.co.uk/bookshop/search/?keyword=Jerry+White


This event is supported by the Friends of Aberdeen University Library and Special Collections Centre in association with the Aberdeen Branch of the Dickens Fellowship.

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