HISTORY OF THE BUENOS AIRES DICKENSIANS
Exclusively for financial reasons, in the month of July, 2005, our entity emancipated itself from the Dickens Fellowship in London and adopted since then the name of THE BUENOS AIRES DICKENSIANS as a purely local group though with the same finality.
former Buenos Aires Branch of the Dickens Fellowship was
founded by the novelist and essayist Miguel Alfredo Olivera
on June 9th, 1959 and was acknowledged by the London Headquarters
in 1961. Two famous writers, Eduardo Mallea and Jorge Luis
Borges, held the Presidency successively; it was later on
passed to Olivera himself and was succeeded by Patrick Orpen
Dudgeon. Currently and since the year 2000 writer María
Isabel Clucellas is the Honorary President.
An outstanding event took place during the first years of
our Institution. Indeed, The Argentine Writers Association
of Buenos Aires was the right scene of a party at which
many attended disguised in Victorian fashion such as: writers
Alicia Jurado as Sarah Gamp and Miguel Alfredo Olivera as
Charles Dickens, among others.
a visit to The Dickens House at Doughty Street, London,
the Secretary of the Dickens Fellowship welcomed our founder
saying: “You are very much alike Charles Dickens”,
at which Miguel Alfredo Olivera quickly replied: “And
you, alike Samuel Pickwick”.