Clive Baugh's essay "Twenty of Dickens's Most Memorable Characters" is a couple years old, but I just now came across it, and it's so good I had to share it. In addition to his thoughtful take on characters from various Dickens's novels, there are also lots of great illustrations, many of which I'd never seen before.
Congratulations to the Dickens Society of Baltimore for becoming an official branch of the Dickens Fellowship! (H/T The Buzfuz) This makes it the branch of the Fellowship closest to me. I may have to look into joining up with them!
Speaking of the Fellowship, I'm getting ready to go to their annual conference, starting next week in Chicago, where I will get to meet up with Dickensblog reader and frequent guest blogger Rachel McMillan! (Charles Dickens: bringing people together since 1836.) As I did the last time I was away, I plan to set up some quotes from various Dickens novels to run on the blog while I'm gone. I already have some requests left over from last time that I can use (Nicholas Nickleby, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, A Christmas Carol, Little Dorrit, and HardTimes)but if you have any more novels that you'd like me to quote from, please let me know in the comments section on this post. Thanks!
And I'm sure Rachel and I will both have lots to share when we get back!
The Leicester Mercury has a photo of an 1858 advertisement for one of Dickens's readings of A Christmas Carol. Can you imagine what it would have been like to open your newspaper and see something like that?
In an Independent article about four descendants of famous Britons, 21-year-old drama student Ollie Dickens is one of those featured. He gives a delightful interview about what it was like to discover the significance of his heritage ("it hadn't been blown out of proportion, he really did know how to write"); his love for A Christmas Carol; and how he likes to think that he (like his relatives Harry Lloyd and Gerald Dickens) inherited some of his ancestor's acting genes.