William F. Axton

W. F. Axton, founder and past president of the Dickens Society, is professor of English at the Univesity of Louisville. He has lectured widely on Victorian eating, drinking, and social customs and attitudes.

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Convivial Dickens · The Drinks of Dickens and His Times
By Edward Hewett and William F. Axton

Convivial Dickens, carefully researched yet presented in a lively, popular style, provides those interested in the lore of drinks and drinking with a dependable and authoritative guide to the creation of Victorian potables such as would have been enjoyed by Mr. Pickwick and Mr. Micawber. Alongside its many exuberant period illustrations by Cruikshank, Dicky Doyle, John Leech, and others, a leading feature of the book is over 130 authentic Victorian drink recipes.

“What a jolly and instructive book! At once a contribution to Victoriana, to Dickeniana, and to the history of potabilia.”

Clifton Fadiman