The new website The Pigeonhole is serializing Great Expectations in weekly installments. A subscription is free (they'll send you a link to download their reading app), and there will be bonus material on the site every week (essays, Q&As, and so forth). At the end, subscribers will be asked for donations, half of which will go to the Dickens Museum. Go here to find out more and to sign up!
Carlo DeVito's new book about the writing of A Christmas Carol is unquestionably well-researched and full of fascinating details about the origin of Scrooge's and Marley's names, the relationships with family members that inspired some of the characters, Dickens's haunting fear of poverty and the Scrooge-like tendencies he had to fight in himself, the Malthusian ideology that he was trying to combat, and much more.
Novelist and Dickens biographer Jane Smiley has a marvelous article in The Atlantic, in which she talks about one particular sentence in Our Mutual Friend and how it represents to her some of the best aspects of the art of novel writing.
This summer, 50 benches inspired by great literary works were placed around London by Books about Town. On Tuesday, at the Southbank Centre, they'll be auctioned off to raise money for the National Literacy Trust. MaryAnn Johanson at Flick Filosopher has some good closeups of the Great Expectations bench!
Thomas Howes, who played William on Downton Abbey, will be hosting the stage showWhat the Dickens: Haunted, in his hometown of Doncaster on October 12. The show "will form the finale of a series of Dickens-themed productions hosted by Thomas at the venue over the last few years."