T HE D EATH OF S PI RIT AN D TH E F AI LU RE OF A RT IN C HARLE S D IC KE N S ’ S T H E O LD C URIOSITY S HOP K E NN ETH M. S ROKA Canisius College What you will never find is that mythical creature, half cater- pillar, half butterfly, a fit emblem of the human soul, for those whose cast of mind leads them to seek such emblems. Pat Barker, Regeneration , 1992 I R ELIGION I N D ICKENS ’ S N OVELS T he only known sculpture of Charles Dickens is a life-size, seated figure of Dickens pensively gazing down from a chair atop a pedestal, at a life- size figure of Little Nell, the central character in The Old Curiosity Shop (1840-41), who looks admiringly at her maker. The scene was sculpted by an American artist, F. Edwin Elwell, who was commissioned to do the work in Philadelphia in 1891 by a British patron. Both Elwell and his patron were ignorant of the stipulation in Dickens’s will prohibiting any “monument, memorial, or testimonial whatsoever.” When the patron learned of Dickens’s wish, he
Religion and the Arts – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2000
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