200 years ago today: Charles Dickens bicentennial, 07 Feb

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  1. wfgodot

    wfgodot Former Member

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    Somehow fitting that Dickens was born on a day of upheaval and cataclysm across The Great Pond, the river most associated in the public's mind with slavery having changed its very course due to earthquake and the New Madrid Fault:

    Some good, old-fashioned tabloid blowhardism at work here:

    As Charles Dickens celebrates his 200th birthday, why the greatest
    of all British novelists would not have a chance of making it today...
    (Daily Mail)

    And, similarly, though with a better shot at clanging the bell:

    Charles Dickens novels 'too long for today's young' says writer's biographer (Daily Mail)

    Fun (well, more fun than that last lot) short articles:

    Ten things you might not know about Charles Dickens (nationalpost.com) 10 Greatest Charles Dickens Characters (theatlanic.com)

    Guardian, with what's up, celebration-wise: Dickens's 200th birthday celebrated around the world and on the web

    And from PopCandy via USAToday, lots of links (Dickens quotes, Dickens quiz, etc.): Charles Dickens' 200th: Eleven ways to celebrate
     
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  3. Gardenlady

    Gardenlady Active Member

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    I luurrrrrve me some Dickens, especially Bleak House and Hard Times!

    Happy Birthday!
     
  4. wfgodot

    wfgodot Former Member

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    In terms of the very difficult to achieve "best first lines in a novel....and best last lines," Dickens rules, accomplishing the rare double:

    and
    in A Tale of Two Cities
     
  5. BetteDavisEyes

    BetteDavisEyes All the boys think she's a spy...

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    I absolutely adore Charles Dickens' writings! I love many of his works for different reasons and would be hard-pressed to choose a favorite. Great Expectations is near the top of the list, and I feel certain that George C. Scott's portrayal of Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol is exactly what Mr. Dickens intended. jmo

    "G-d bless us; everyone."
     
  6. wfgodot

    wfgodot Former Member

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    Lengthy; improbable; funny; brilliant:

    The World of Charles Dickens, Complete With Pizza Hut (New York Times)
    And what was at the center of this odd "World"?
    And what of its - ahem - visitors, assuming it had some?
    Can, er, such a place yield a viable business model?
    much, much more at NYT link above
     
  7. my_tee_mouse

    my_tee_mouse Done. Put a Fork in Me.

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    I just watched a biography about Dickens last night. Oddly enough, I had no clue that we were about to celebrate his birthday, much less one of such import. I just picked the show out of a myriad of others.
     
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    Nova Active Member

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    For those who care, Christopher Hitchens wrote his last essay on Dickens before Hitchens died. It is printed in this month's Vanity Fair.

    Hitchens notes the irony that Dickens is so revered here in the States when he had nothing but contempt for us Americans. Dicken's truly dreadful novel, Martin Chuzzlewitt, devotes at least 300 pages to portraying all Americans as hustlers, swindlers and fools.
     
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    wfgodot Former Member

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    Here's the Hitch-Dickens-VF link:

    Charles Dickens’s Inner Child
    Plus another less than two years ago, same author, same subject, in The Atlantic:

    The Dark Side of Dickens
     
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    wfgodot Former Member

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    Don't miss reading in its entirety the New York Times' "The World of Charles Dickens, Complete With Pizza Hut" (link above), if only - and not for this only; it's also a splendid look at Dickens and literary celebrity - for lines like Dickens biographer G.K. Chesterton's, on the novels:
     

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