The Forbidden Love of Charles Dickens

Dickens met the Ternan family of actresses, Maria, Fanny, Ellen, and their widowed mother, Frances, during rehearsals for Wilkie Collins’ play The Frozen Deep in August 1857. The forty-five-year-old Dickens became besotted with the youngest of the sisters, eighteen-year-old Ellen Ternan, called Nelly. Dickens managed […]

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The Kidnapping of Barbara Mackle

Barbara Jane Mackle led a charmed life. The 20-year-old was pretty and popular, the daughter of Robert F. Mackle, a Miami-based millionaire who, with his two brothers, owned the Deltona Corporation, one of the biggest home-building companies in the U.S., and was […]

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