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Charles Dickens was a British author best known for his novels. He lived and wrote in the 19th century, a time when many novels were released serially in magazines. Readers would have to wait for the next issue of a magazine to receive the next chapter in the story.
Lost references to Dickens
In the Official Lost Podcast transcript/November 06, 2006, executive producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse confirmed that they are both Dickens' "aficionados". They state they admire Dickens' ability to tell sprawling, character-driven stories and refer to him as a "master of coincidence".
- Our Mutual Friend (the book that Desmond brings on board the Elizabeth) is written by Charles Dickens. Desmond said that he had read everything that Dickens had written, and was saving the novel Our Mutual Friend to be the last thing that he ever read. Similarly, American novelist John Irving is an avid fan of Dickens and claims to have read every one of Dickens's works multiple times, except for Our Mutual Friend, of which he has a copy placed in every one of his homes so that he has something to look forward to should he become severely ill.
- The title of the Season 3 premiere, "A Tale of Two Cities", is also the title of a novel by Charles Dickens.
- Naomi's family name, Dorrit, was revealed in the Official Lost Podcast/April 30, 2007. Carlton Cuse called it "A very Dickensian name." Little Dorrit is a serial novel by Dickens originally published between 1855 and 1857; Amy Dorrit is its protaganist.
- After the Southfield's auction of the Black Rock ledger, an item that had belonged to Charles Dickens at the time of his death was placed up for bid as the next item, lot #2342. ("The Constant")
- In the Season 5 premiere, "Because You Left", Sawyer calls himself "the Ghost of Christmas Future," a reference to one of the spirits who visits Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.
- In Dickens' novel Bleak House, a surgeon named Mr. Woodcourt survives a shipwreck in the East Indes, and is described afterward as a brave hero who led the survivors, tended to the sick and injured, buried the dead, and finally brought the survivors home. (Chapter XXXVI)