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The BMJ on the death of Charles Dickens

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 08 February 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e630

Re: The BMJ on the death of Charles Dickens

British English is the mother tongue and standard for the English-speaking world. So it’s no surprise that British literature is likewise an exemplar for the literary world. It’s hard to imagine that anyone will ever surpass the work of Chaucer, Shakespeare, Donne, Milton, Blake, Austen, Keats, Dickens, Doyle, or Woolf. Kudos to Great Britain on the 200th anniversary of novelist Charles Dickens, whose vivid Victorian characters have inspired worldwide entertainment, study, and social reform.

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10 February 2012
Hugh Mann
Eagle Rock, MO, USA