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Charles Clark: UK Pun Champion, 1852

For the past 8 years, there has been an award for the funniest joke at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. This year, the prize went to Darren Walsh for his one liner “I just deleted all the German names off my phone. … Continue reading

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Letter, March 14th 1837, to John Russell Smith

This is the first in a series of blog posts that features an entire letter from the many sent by Charles Clark to John Russell Smith. The first was posted on this day in 1837, 178 years ago. It is … Continue reading

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Dispatches from Holland…

It is no surprise that on World Book Day, we are thinking about Charles Clark, and his books. At the time of his death, Clark had amassed a library of over 2,500 volumes. From his letters, and the size of … Continue reading

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The Bard of Totham

The Totham 1821 Symposium, organised by James Bettley, will take place this November. We will contribute to it (sadly from afar), and it has already got us thinking about the reputation of Charles Clark in his own time and his … Continue reading

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GREAT TOTHAM CHURCH IN 1821 (OR THEREABOUTS)

Originally posted on totham1821:
? Two paintings in St Peter’s Church, Great Totham, are to be conserved and redisplayed in the church, thanks to grants from Heritage Lottery Fund, the Essex Heritage Trust, and the Church Buildings Council, as well…

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Charles Clark, Byron, and Don Juan.

Given Charles Clark’s love of comic poetry, satire, and controversy, we should not be surprised to find that Byron was one of his favourite writers. While Clark considered Thomas Hood and John Clare his literary heroes, his frequent quotations from … Continue reading

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A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol Charles Clark lived through the invention and solidification of the festive season as we know it today.  Queen Victoria and Prince Albert would popularize the Christmas tree in the late 1840s, while the earliest greeting cards were … Continue reading

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