The Dickens Museum has received a grant from the National Heritage Memorial Fund to buy the desk and chair where Dickens wrote his final three books, for permanent display at the museum. The Guardian,BBC News, and Fine Books & Collections have the story.
There's something humanizing, even a little comforting, in the thought that the young Charles Dickens, when in love, was as prone to outbursts of weak poetry as the next person. What he'd say if he knew those poetic attempts were now on display to museumgoers, though, is perhaps better left to the imagination.
An article in Centennial Parklands traces the long and fascinating history of the Dickens statue in Sydney, Australia (at one point it lost its head!), and talks about the annual birthday celebrations held there. There are lots of nice photos.
The Telegraph celebrated Dickens's birthday yesterday with a gallery of pictures of some of his best characters. Though the captions are oddly full of typos and mistakes, at least the pictures are great!
In honor of Dickens's 203rd birthday coming up on Saturday, The Herald Scotland lists 10 books worth reading by his fellow Victorian authors. I don't quite get the logic -- wouldn't it make more sense to read Dickens on Dickens's birthday? -- but it's a good list, anyway, so here it is!
And here's a question for you all: Which Dickens novel do you think would be a good one to revisit in honor of his birthday, and why?
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.