The Friends of Dickens New York (FODNY) is a literary, cultural, and educational organization dedicated to the works of Charles Dickens. Our motto is FUN, FRIENDSHIP AND LEARNING!

Fun, because we get together regularly to read, dramatize and discuss the works of Charles Dickens.

Friendship, because the group encourages and cements unity, understanding and cooperation among people.

Learning, because great literature adds to our knowledge and understanding of one another and the world.

FODNY is an official branch of the Dickens Fellowship. Founded in 1902, the Dickens Fellowship is a worldwide association of people who share an interest in the life and works of Charles Dickens.

As a branch, we hold monthly meetings from September through June, taking some time off during the hottest months of the summer. At a typical meeting, we generally have one person facilitate a discussion of selected chapters of a Dickens novel. The September meeting discusses the novel’s opening chapters, and we work our way through, completing the novel in June.

This year (September 2017 to June 2018) we have chosen to discuss Barnaby Rudge, Dickens’ historical novel about the Gordon Riots of 1780. It’s one of Dickens’ less known novels, but it contains some thrilling scenes and fascinating characters, including Grip the Raven, a possible inspiration for a certain poem by Edgar Allan Poe!

With the exception of the Holiday Party in December and the Dickens Birthday Luncheon in February, all meetings are free and open to the public, so please feel welcome to come and join in our discussions.

Whatever the word great means, Dickens was what it means.

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