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!
Nicole Jankowski of WCQS has written a good article about Dickens's writing on food and drink. For her thoughts on how Dickens was the first to describe French fries or how he equates gravy with love, click here!
Kevin Quinn, of the Friends of Dickens New York, reports that the group will celebrate Dickens's birthday this Saturday, Feb. 11, at McGee's. All are welcome to join! The party will run from 12:30 to 4 p.m., and everyone is asked to contribute $40 to the cost of the food.
"From Dickens himself readers wanted more and he gave it, prodigiously. The huge sweep of his novels makes them as extensive as cities, as complex as labyrinths, and as comforting as fires to sit beside. Over the eight hundred pages and, for his first readers, the eighteen months of serial publication, a Dickens novel builds a parallel world to run alongside our own, an ample and welcoming family to be part of our daily lives."
Morfydd Clark (Love and Friendship, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies) has signed on to play Catherine Dickens. Miriam Margolyes has also signed on, though I don't yet know for what role. The script is being written by Susan Coyne (Mozart in the Jungle).