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Dickens, Charles - Hearing his characters speak to him

Identifier

026036

Type of Spiritual Experience

Inter composer communication
Hallucination

Number of hallucinations: 1

Background

Dickens also said, on another occasion in regard to his sister-in-law Mary, that after her death he was haunted by her image every day, and dreamt that he saw her every night for a year.

A description of the experience

Mr. G. H. Lewes, in an article in the "Fortnightly Review" (February, 1872) on "Charles Dickens," states an interesting fact in reference to his brain-fictions, namely (what the novelist had himself told him), that " every word said by his characters was distinctly heard by him. I was at first," he adds, "not a little puzzled to account for the fact that he could hear language so utterly unlike the language of real feeling, and not be aware of its preposterousness ; but the surprise vanished when I thought of the phenomena of hallucination."

The source of the experience

Dickens, Charles

Concepts, symbols and science items

Symbols

Science Items

Activities and commonsteps

Activities

Suppressions

Manic depression

Commonsteps

Hearing voices

References