Plans to erect a statue of Charles Dickens in Kent, where he lived for many years, have been criticised.
Dickens wrote some of his best-known work in the Medway towns
Experts say it would be against the dying wishes of the Victorian novelist, who specified in his will that he did not want a memorial erected.
Medway Council, who say the idea is in its very early stages, discussed a statue at a meeting earlier this month.
Dickens enthusiasts will mark the 200th anniversary of his birth in Portsmouth, Hampshire in 2012.
He moved to the Medway towns as a child.
"There isn't a real memorial to Dickens in the South East," said Councillor Jane Chitty.
"I understand there is one coming shortly in Portsmouth, but not in Medway, where he spent a great deal of his time and did some of his best writing."
Dickens World, a four-acre attraction in Chatham, based on the writer's life opened last year.
The council has said it will take guidance from the Dickens family about whether a statue would be appropriate.
Malcolm Andrews, Professor of English at Kent University, said: "He was clear enough in his will that he did not want that ever to happen.
"I don't think it is a matter of enough time elapsing.
"Dickens is a household name - a worldwide name. Why do we need a statue?
"He is remembered already."