Because it's National Handwriting Day, I thought I'd share a couple of samples of Dickens's handwriting here! First up: the beginning of Great Expectations, demonstrating that even the greatest of the greats had frequent scratchouts and rewritings.
And here's a picture of Dickens's signature with its famous flourish. At the Dickens Fellowship Conference last summer, we had a whole session on that flourish, its meanings, and how it changed over the years.
On this day in 1846, Dickens published the first edition of the Daily News. Poynter has a nice informative article about the founding of the paper and Dickens's journalistic career in general, with a photo of that first issue.
What could be better than having Dickens's words all over your hands when you're writing? I fell in love with these gorgeous writing gloves when Rachel McMillan got a pair, and I just had to get a pair for myself! They're not just beautiful and literary, they're also very helpful if you have a problem with cold hands when you're typing, as I tend to do.