". . . The author wrote in an initialed note to Marcus Stone, the illustrator of 'Our Mutual Friend,' about a certain character’s appearance: 'A weird sharpness not without beauty, is the thing I want.'"
They don't say who the character is, but I remember, from seeing the exhibit. Can you guess who it is? First person to get it right wins two Dickens postcards from the Morgan gift shop.
Charity is still looking for writers for the Dickens bicentennial edition of her online magazine. So far she's only got Bleak House, Our Mutual Friend, A Christmas Carol, and A Tale of Two Cities covered. If you're interested in writing about any other Dickens books, adaptations, or related topics, please contact her at femnista at charitysplace dot com.
A press release from the BBC about upcoming programs touches on Great Expectations, spoof series Bleak Old Shop of Stuff, and various Dickensian documentaries.
At SummitDaily.com, Patrick Williams points out, "Diligent reading of Dickens is a far better guarantee of high verbal SAT and GRE scores than all the drilling for vocabulary tests or Kaplan prep books -- take note, all students."
Speaking of Martin Chuzzlewit, which I'm still reading . . . you guys didn't tell me it had a character named Pip in it! Imagine my delight when I got to the line "Pip's our mutual friend." What a quintessentially Dickensian sentence (even if Dickens himself had no inkling of it at the time)!
Watch the video below to learn about TCM's bicentennial tribute to Dickens in December. Dickens films will be airing on the channel every Monday night, all month long. Particularly exciting is the TCM premiere of the hard-to-find Mystery of Edwin Drood from 1935! My thoughts on that excellent version are here and here. Fire up the DVR, because you won't want to miss this.
Many thanks to commenter "K," who just sent a link to several more cast photos! Take a look here. Those pictured include Pip and Estella (both as children and as adults), Miss Havisham again, Jaggers, Magwitch, and Compeyson.
My first impression is that they're going for a desiccated look for the whole cast, not just for Miss Havisham. Even Estella, instead of being simply a knockout, looks eerily like a young Miss Havisham in training. See what you think . . .