Charles Dickens. The life of our Lord. London: Associated Newspapers Ltd., 1934.
In 1849, Charles Dickens wrote The life of our Lord exclusively for his own children and with no thoughts of publication. It was finally published in serial form in 1934, upon the death of his last surviving son Henry Fielding Dickens, according to dictates of the latter’s will.
Dickens’ retelling adheres faithfully to the Gospels but emphasises Christ’s message of understanding, compassion and charity whilst downplaying the miraculous side of the New Testament story. Despite the sobriety of his subject matter, Dickens manages a small hint of recognisably ‘Dickensian’ humour in the conversational passage describing locusts and camels in the Holy Lands.