Tickets are now available for To Begin With, the new play about Dickens's writing of The Life of Our Lord, starring Gerald Dickens.It premieres February 19 at the Music Box Theatre in Minneapolis. If any of you are lucky enough to go, please comment and tell us all about it!
Dodge and Twist, a steampunk film that catches up with Oliver and the Dodger 20 years after the events of Dickens's novel, has been in the works for a couple of years. Now Edgar Wright has turned in a new draft of the script, and rumors are that some high-profile stars may be approached to play the leads. More information (along with some speculation) is here, here, and here!
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.