The ‘Easter Nonsense’ challenge has turned out to be a critique of hereditary privileges. Read the text and download a transcript here.
‘Didactic’ has turned out to be a short piece criticising Rome and commenting on Catholicism in terms similar to Dickens’s ‘Pictures from Italy’ (1846). Download a transcript here.
‘Sunday Night 5 February 1860’ part I transcript
Thanks to Dickens Decoders Shane Baggs and Ken Cox, a source has been discovered for the shorthand text mysteriously titled ‘Sunday Night 5 February’. Find out more and download a transcript here.
Transcription for ‘Travelling’ part III
Download the shorthand transcript for ‘Travelling’ part III here, which has been solved with the help of the Dickens Decoders.
Transcription for ‘Travelling’ part II
Download the shorthand transcript for ‘Travelling’ part II here, which has been solved with the help of the Dickens Decoders.
The great dictator – was Dickens reading texts to Arthur or improvising them?
How did Dickens teach his pupil, Arthur Stone, shorthand? Was he reading texts aloud, or improvising them, or both? Professor Hugo Bowles ponders some of the possibilities.
Transcriptions for ‘Anecdote’ parts I and II and ‘Travelling’ part I
Download the latest shorthand transcripts, including line-by-line solutions for ‘Anecdote’ parts I and II and the first page of ‘Travelling’. Thanks to all of the Dickens Decoders who made these transcripts possible.
Telling Tales: Dictation, Gossip, Fact, and Fiction
Is it important that Dickens is dictating to his shorthand pupil, Arthur Stone, in the texts that our Dickens Decoders have transcribed? In the first of a series of three blogs, Professor Hugo Bowles thinks through the implications of these texts as spoken stories, as well as the role of dictation, gossip, fact, and fiction.
‘You have seen me before tonight’: Transcribing ‘The Two Brothers’ part II
We thought the mystery of ‘The Two Brothers’ was solved when the amazing work of the Dickens Decoders produced a full transcript of part II. But, thanks to two eagle eyed decoders, it soon emerged that it wasn’t just the ghost of the Slough brother that we’d ‘seen […] before tonight’. Find out more and download a full transcript.
‘So […] fiction may have had some foundation of truth in it’: Transcribing ‘Nelson’ part II
The Dickens Decoders have done it again! Find out what happens next in ‘Nelson’ part II and download a near complete transcript.