According to The Buzfuz e-newsletter, our friend David Perdue is celebrating the 20th anniversary of his website, the invaluable Charles Dickens Page. Happy anniversary, David, and thanks for all you do for us Dickensians!
The play inspired by Dickens's The Life of Our Lord, and starring his descendant Gerald Charles Dickens, is coming back to the city where it premiered two years ago. To Begin With will run at the Historic Wesley Center from March 28 through April 15. For more information, go here; to buy tickets, go here.
Speaking of Gerald Dickens, you can read his thoughts on performing in this and other works by and about his famous ancestor at his blog!
In Cherwell, Ethan Croft explains Dickens's use of the collective in A Tale of Two Cities and why it makes the story so effective: "It is hard to identify one single protagonist in A Tale of Two Cities, but the antagonist is in plain sight—division itself. The tragic sacriﬁce at the novel’s climax is the price we pay for being zealous and uncompromising." Read more here.
As part of its 31 Days of Oscar schedule, Turner Classic Movies will air Scrooge (1970) Thursday at 12:45 p.m. Eastern, and A Tale of Two Cities (1935) Sunday at 2:30 a.m. Eastern. (NOTE: My apologies -- I originally said Saturday instead of Sunday.)
The OUPblog at Oxford University Press has an interesting new post about Dickens's frequent collaborations with other authors. Here's an excerpt:
"In this aspect of his editorial and authorial life, Dickens was often less autocratic and bullying than scholar[s] have recognized. He wrote less than a full third of the total amount of prose and verse in the Christmas numbers, and he often didn’t get his way. Dickens printed endings he did not like under his own name, asked another person to co-write more than one frame story, allowed yet another person to decide upon the ordering of stories, and included a poem that approves of cannibalism in stark contrast to his own other published work on the subject. As often as Dickens is defensive or controlling, he is playful and self-conscious about the collaborative dynamics between himself and his contributors."
Happy Valentine's Day, fellow Dickensians! Bas Bleu Bookseller's blog, The Bluestocking Salon, has included a Dickens quote on their list of "Literary Words of Love," and it's a good one. Go here to see which one they picked!