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Dickens and Little Nell

The only full-sized statue of Dickens in the world is located in Clark Park, West Philadelphia. In his will, Dickens specifically directed that there be no monument or memorial erected in his honor by his family and friends, since he preferred that he be remembered through his published works alone.


Unfortunately (or fortunately, as it later turned out), Frank Elwell, the sculptor who designed and cast Dickens and Little Nell was not aware of this restrictive clause in Dickens's will, thus the statue came into being without the blessing of the Dickens estate and heirs.

The statue was offered to Dicken's son, who was incensed at the ignorance of the Americans and refused the gift.




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Taken on January 6, 2007