Philly Guy

Philly Guy

Posted on 08/30/2014


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Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens
Just a block from Philly Guy Manor is this statue to Charles Dickens, which up to two years ago was the only statue of Mr Dickens in the world.

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B.W. Hawaii
B.W. Hawaii
Seriously? One of the greatest English literary figures of all time, and Philadelphia has the first statue! Just another reason the place is so special.
4 years ago.
Philly Guy has replied to B.W. Hawaii
Dickens made it clear both in his life and codified it in his will: he wanted no statues of him made. The Philadelphia sculptor who created this did not know this. The sculptor shipped it to England "as a gift from the American people" shortly after Dickens' death ... but the Brits returned it without even opening the box! It was placed in Clark Park in the 1890's at a time when this was considered a discreet and overlooked part of the city. A couple of years ago a town in Australia erected a statue to Dickens, only the second one in the world.
4 years ago.
Philly Guy
Philly Guy
The female child is Dickens' character Little Nell. Oscar Wilde's comment about the death of Little Nell is hilarious.
4 years ago.
dax99992 has replied to Philly Guy
...pardon my ignorance but...what was it....?
4 years ago.
Philly Guy
Philly Guy
Something to the effect of "One would have a heart of stone to read Dickens' account of the death of Little Nell and not ... .... ... ... ... burst out into a fit of laughter!" (Oscar was commenting on Dickens' overly melodramatic and cloying style of writing ).
4 years ago.
Lucas Manuel
Lucas Manuel
Excelente encuadre.
4 years ago.
Miss Magnolia Thunderpussy
Miss Magnolia Thunde…
He only specified that no statues were to be made of him in Britain, Mr. Philly Guy. Of course, Sydney, Australia, might well claim to have been the first statue!

www.centennialparklands.com.au/about/history_and_heritage/statues_and_sculptures/charles_dickens_statue
3 years ago.
Philly Guy has replied to Miss Magnolia Thunde…
Thanks for the additional information.
3 years ago.