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Sculpted panel commemorating Charles Dickens. © NMM
Many writers have used references to the Thames and London's port districts in their works.
Here is a selection of extracts from leading authors, including Conan Doyle, Dickens, Defoe and others.
For anyone not familiar with these authors, their works are well worth reading.
The port also generated a great deal of lesser writing. This selection considers two very different examples: 'Chinatown' literature, which used the seafaring Chinese community of Limehouse as the backdrop for lurid thrillers, and 'frost fair' verses, when the freezing of the river 'inspired' some of the most lifeless poetry ever written.
The frost fair on the Thames in 1814. © NMM
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