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‘Lesser breeds within the law’ - Dickens and minor legal officers
Free public lecture from Gresham College. Available as video, audio and transcript
Dickens began as a lawyer’s clerk and his works show a fascination with the minor but necessary denizens of the law – clerks, bailiffs, keepers of lock-ups, gaolers. These legal minnows are a fascinating aspect of Dickens’s depiction of the legal system.