Gregory Dart

Gregory Dart is a lecturer in the English Department at University College London. Unrequited Love: On Stalking and Being Stalked came out in April.

Cockneyism: Leigh Hunt

Gregory Dart, 18 December 2003

At first Dickens tried to deny that Harold Skimpole, the parasitical aesthete of Bleak House, had been based on his friend Leigh Hunt; but later he confessed, not a little proudly, that the character was ‘the most exact portrait that was ever painted in words . . . it is an absolute reproduction of a real man.’ Skimpole is a corrosive presence in the novel, a...

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