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About Us

Our Cleveland Branch

The Charles Dickens Fellowship of Cleveland, Ohio (Branch No.177), has had a long and storied history since its 1984 founding. While not one of the oldest branches in the United States our dedicated members engage in regular meetings. Meetings are held monthly from September through June to study and enjoy the works of Charles Dickens, his life and times. Our passion is also shared through our regular monthly and our official tri·​annual newsletters.


If you are looking to join, just want more information, or want to subscribe to our newsletters, feel free to contact us using the contact form at the bottom of the page.

Notable Activities & Benefits of Membership

Dickens PowerPoint

In honor of Dickens's 200th birthday celebrated in 2012, Cleveland branch created a PowerPoint slide presentation appropriate for a single class or a meeting of adults of all ages. To request this free, entertaining and informative overview of Charles Dickens, the man himself, the characters of his imagination, the strong ties between his life events and his work, and his rock star celebrity, email Beth Bliss or Paul Siedel.

The Dickensian

The Fellowship's journal, The Dickensian, was founded in 1905. It publishes a wide range of articles on the life and work of Charles Dickens which are contributed by scholars from around the world. In addition to its articles, each issue carries reviews of books, plays, films and TV productions, together with reports of Fellowship activities and other Dickens-related news. The Dickensian is edited by Dr Emily Bell of the University of Leeds; and the Associate Editor is Dr Tony Williams.

The Dickensian is published three times a year, each issue being anything from 96-112 pages.

As a member of the Cleveland Fellowship, Branch 177, you may subscribe at a reduced rate to the journal The Dickensian which is published three times a year. Additional information about the publication as well as the online subscription form can be found here, at the Official Dickens Fellowship website.

Dickens International Fellowship

"The Dickens Fellowship, founded in 1902, is a worldwide association of people from all walks of life who share a common interest in the life and works of Charles Dickens (1812 - 1870). The Fellowship’s aims are to knit together in a common bond of friendship, lovers of that great master of humour and pathos, Charles Dickens; to promote the knowledge and appreciation of his works; to spread the love of humanity, which is the keynote of all his works; and to exercise such charitable support as would have appealed strongly to the heart of Charles Dickens."

–taken from the Official Dickens Fellowship website

For more information about the Fellowship, its members, activities, or if you are simply curious more can be found here on the Fellowship's official website. 

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