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Theresa marks 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens’ birth

  • 7 Feb 2012

Theresa May has marked the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens and has paid tribute to the nation’s literary heritage of which he is a part. At a Cabinet meeting this morning, Theresa was presented with a copy of the Dickens classic ‘Little Dorrit’ by the Culture Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, who marked the occasion by selecting a Dickens novel for each Cabinet minister.

Dickens was born on this day in 1812 and the anniversary has been marked with a series of events across the country, including a memorial service in Westminster Abbey.

Commenting, Theresa said: “I was very grateful to receiving a copy of Little Dorrit and I will look forward to reading it shortly. As we mark the 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens’ birth, it is right to remember his cultural contribution to the country and to remind ourselves of Britain’s considerable literary heritage. I hope that this anniversary will particularly encourage younger people to pick up a classic novel as it is vital that these great works of literature are passed on to the next generation.”