Dickens got a spot on Entertainment Weekly's new list of the 10 greatest novels of all time, with Great Expectations coming in fourth. EW calls it "the greatest morality tale ever written — and the greatest soap opera, too."
I'm finally taking a moment to respond to Mikhail Simkin's critique of my response to his study. (For those just joining us, a brief recap: Simkin claimed to have proved that there was no substantial difference between the works of Charles Dickens and those of Edward Bulwer-Lytton; a few critics responded in various forums; Simkin attempted to debunk our responses.)
I'll briefly address what I see as his major points, under the cut:
Sounds like the English department at South Nottinghamshire Academy is doing it right -- and successfully avoiding the creation of yet more cases of "Poor-me-I-had-Great-Expectations-shoved-down-my-throat!" Syndrome. Well deserving of the Dickensblog Order of Merit!
The acclaimed writer/director tells Empire Online that he'd love to make a film version of Dombey and Son. Though I'm intrigued by the idea, I was brought up short by his advice to Florence Dombey: "Get a pickaxe! Stop forgiving everybody!" Because let's face it: If anyone would give Florence a pickaxe, it would be Whedon.