TCM will air the 1935 Tale of Two Cities tonight at 8 p.m. Eastern, as part of their "31 Days of Oscar" event. (The film was nominated for a Best Editing Oscar.) I'll be on Twitter tonight chatting about the film with other classic movie fans, using the #TCMParty hashtag. Those of you who are on Twitter are welcome to join in!
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.
With help from their readers, Buzzfeed put together a list of "51 of the Most Beautiful Sentences in Literature." A sentence from A Tale of Two Cities came in at number 12. Click here and scroll down to see which one!
Which sentence from Dickens would you have nominated for the list?
Some time ago, I mentioned that Sarah Rees Brennan was working on a Young Adult novel that would be a retelling of A Tale of Two Cities. Here's an update from Brennan on that project in USA Today:
"I'm editing Tell the Wind and Fire, which will come out next year ... a retelling of A Tale of Two Cities, set in New York, in which our heroine, Lucie, is part of a class who rule through the magic in their jeweled rings, and the two men she meets look exactly the same because one is a doppelganger of the other ... a being created by dark magic, whose face means death for his original to look upon."
Next time someone tells you Dickens is too intimidating or too tough to read, you might point out that A Tale of Two Cities and Great Expectations are both quicker reads than the bestselling A Song of Ice and Fire. At least, according to this.
The Hollywood Reporterstates that BBC4 has a new Tale of Two Cities in the works! It's being written by Alan Bleasdale, who did the 1999 Oliver Twist miniseries, and produced by the company that made Parade's End. Netflix is in talks to co-produce.
Now on display at the Dover Street Bookshop in Mayfair is a presentation copy of A Tale of Two Cities, inscribed by Dickens to George Eliot "with high admiration and regard." The book is priced at 275,000 pounds. If you're not anywhere near Mayfair, you can see a picture of it here!