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On March 30, 1868, famed English novelist Charles Dickens read from his works at Portland City Hall. It was one of 76 readings that Dickens held in 15 U.S. cities. The admission charge here was $2. "His gift of facial expression was wonderful," said one member of the audience. Dickens liked the city, but not the weather, which was unseasonably cold. (Sources: "The Day That Dickens Came to Portland," by Norman Fournier, Maine Sunday Telegram, March 31, 1968. Portland: Guy Gannett Publishing Co.; Wikipedia, Charles Dickens)


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