History of the Dickens Fellowship
North North of Boston Branch
The Fellowship was founded in London in 1902.
Objectives: These were "to knit together in a common bond of friendship
lovers of the great master of humour and pathos, Charles Dickens", to spread the love of humanity, to campaign against those "social
evils" that most concerned Dickens, and "to assist in the preservation and purchase of buildings and objects associated with his name
or mentioned in his works".
In a change to the Constitution agreed in 2005, an additional objective was introduced - to promote the
knowledge and appreciation of his works. This was to reflect the change in emphasis of the Fellowship's activities.
The newest objective
is to enhance the promotion, readership, and education of Dickens with activities and events .
North of Boston Branch
~~~~~Founded Spring 2010 Founder Deb Benvie just returning from a London trip had become taken with the Dickens Museum
and Fellowship. Upon her return to Massachusetts area she realized that the closest Fellowship was in Greater
Boston. Soon after a call was sent out for Dickens Fans.
The North of Boston Branch was soon born and is now a Chartered
Branch #204, status through the London Office. The Salem Athenaeum is the base for the literary group and has served the
membership well. We hope to participate and forward Dickens literary works through the many cultural festivals, and events
held in the area.
Meetings are a combination of book club, social events, student programming, study groups, and community service
Members are involved to the degree which suits them and fulfills their personal goals. Many members
enjoy just book discussions while others enjoy the programming, planning, and activities. We invite you to
join our Fellowship and rekindle your enjoyment of reading Dickens or start anew.
Join the North of Boston Branch-NOBB
Annual Fee: $15.-
Director : Deb Benvie 978-979-0574 firstname.lastname@example.org
Archivist :Bob Bransford
Treasurer: Kathy Anderson
NEXT MEETING :
June 13 7pm Ch. 58-END
Begin 'Dickens Lives'
Published monthly May 1849 - Nov 1850
Dickens' eighth novel, illustrated by Phiz, is a thinly disguised autobiography with many of the story lines mirroring Dickens' own life. Dickens' friend and first biographer, John Forster, wrote that "Dickens never stood so high in reputation as at the completion of Copperfield", and that in the novel Dickens had cast the suspicion "that underneath the fiction lay something of the author's life."
In telling the story of the child David, Dickens displays the unique ability to make the reader see through the eyes of the child, capturing the very essence of childhood.
The Salem Athenaeum
North of Boston Branch meeting
337 Essex Street
Salem, MA 01970
June and July
Reading 'Dickens Lives'
by Gerald Dickens
~Flowing.....travel through the many Dickens novels !
1st Bi-annual North American Dickens Conference 2014 !