The Charles Dickens novel Nicholas Nickleby (1838-390) exposed the “ragged schools” and helped get them abolished.
- What does Sartor Resartus mean? The title of Carlyle's 1833-34 satire on German philosophy Sartor Resartus means "the tailor retailored" in Latin. It comments on the work of the fictitious Diogenes Teufelsdrockh, philosopher of clothes.
- Who is “Childe Roland” and what does he do at the Dark Tower? In Robert Browning's poem, "Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came" (1855), Childe Roland is a knight errant in search of the Dark Tower. When he reaches it he blows his horn, the…
- In what business were Dombey and Son in Charles Dickens’s 1847-48 novel? In Charles Dickens's 1847-48 novel of that name, Dombey and Son was a shipping firm.
- How many muscles does it take to smile and to frown? Smiling is easier on the face than frowning. It takes 17 muscles to smile and 43 to frown.
- What was director John Ford’s (1895-1973) real name? Director John Ford's (1895-1973) real name was Sean Aloysius O'Feeney.
- How many historical novels did Charles Dickens write? Charles Dickens wrote two historical novels: A Tale of Two Cities (1859), set in London and Paris during the French Revolution, and Barnaby Rudge (1841), set during the anti-Catholic riots sparked by Lord…