REASON: Is it possible to get through winter without pulling out a volume of Dickens? What a desperate, weary, chilly world his characters inhabit! It is enough to make the pages freeze mid-turn.
“Bleak, dark, and piercing cold, it was a night for the well-housed and fed to draw round the bright fire, and thank God they were at home; and for the homeless starving wretch to lay him down and die. Many hunger-worn outcasts close their eyes in our bare streets at such times, who, let their crimes have been what they may, can hardly open them in a more bitter world.”-Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist
If you missed My Top Six Cold Weather Writers, go here.
For Honorable Mention: Christina Rossetti, go here.
Thanks to Tom Gething for reminding me that Charles Dickens deserves a place on my list!
i agree. He often put his stories in the colder times of the year! 🙂
Yes, and even the others often seem as if they should be set in winter…
Oh absolutely. Because even in summertime in those times, Britain was cold, drafty, misty, drizzly, patch worked, disease-ridden and threadbare. Dickens is a hardy perennial but especially fun in WInter!
So true. Whilst Dickens never goes out of season, his stories feel particularly at home in Winter.