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Charles Dickens app launched by University of Warwick

Charles Dickens
Image caption The 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens was on 7 February

A university is launching a mobile app to mark the bicentenary of Charles Dickens' birth.

The University of Warwick's Celebrating Dickens app links to podcasts, articles and videos on Victorian Britain, his novels and adaptations of his works.

The university has also produced a feature-length documentary on Dickens.

Prof Jon Mee said: "The whole Celebrating Dickens project has been a fantastic way of showcasing Dickens to a wider audience."

The university has interviewed Charles Dickens' great-great-great granddaughter Lucinda Hawksley, who is also an author.

She said she found it "frustrating" that much of the focus was on Dickens' personal life rather than his influence.

"To me the most enduring legacy of Dickens is the brilliant work that he did through his socially campaigning journalism," she said.

Award-winning screenplay writer Andrew Davies, who adapted both Bleak House and Little Dorrit for the BBC, has also contributed to the project.

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