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This Side Idolatry unbanned by Portsmouth libraries

Portsmouth’s libraries have unbanned a novel about Charles Dickens that was originally censored in 1928, according to the BBC. C.E. Bechhofer Roberts wrote This Side Idolatry and portrayed Portsmouth’s most famous son as a nasty piece of work.

“The author of the novel…..has made out that Charles Dickens was a hypocrite, philanderer, selfish, an egoist, vulgar, morose, and avaricious, caricaturing his friends in his books behind their backs.”

All of this comes as the 200th anniversary of Dickens’ birth approaches. Get ready for a lot of Twist, Pickwick and Uriah Heep.

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