Academic journal article Dickens Quarterly

In Memoriam: David Parker (1940-2013)

Academic journal article Dickens Quarterly

In Memoriam: David Parker (1940-2013)

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David Parker enjoyed a well earned reputation among Dickensians. His published works occupy a secure place alongside respected scholarly books; he contributed frequently to journals, including Dickens Quarterly, and his obiter dicta on Patrick McCarthy's DICKNS-LIST intervened with knowledgeable sobriety and good sense. In fact, his many informative contributions to questions posed on the list proved enormously helpful to professionals and neophytes alike. Not dismissive but at times forthright, particularly with respect to positions he queried, he stood his ground. But that he was well informed and the owner of a voice that spoke with deliberation and care, no one will deny. Equally significant is his service to the Dickens Museum, where he worked as Curator for ten years, during which time he led efforts to undertake an important restoration of several of the rooms and work to expand the Museum's holdings.

David died while on holiday in South Africa. …

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