Foremost enthusiast, in letters, of civilized drinking, 19th Century
Charles Dickens, the great novelist, loved convivial food and drink and recognized them as fundamental human pleasures. He wrote both directly into his literary works, and indulged unapologetically in defiance of Victorian puritanism. As such, the influence of his taste and perspective enjoyed uncommon reach. Dickens even devised his own, rather sophisticated punch to serve at gatherings.