From now until March 7, all mail sent to Portsmouth will get a postmark reading "Celebrating the birth of Charles Dickens 1812-1870." I was going to make a pun about "a man of letters," but alas, the Portsmouth News beat me to it! Thanks to The Buzfuz for the tip.
I just had to add this one from the Daily Mail, captioned "Three of Charles Dickens['s] great great great grandchildren, siblings Tom Dickens 15, Lydia Dickens 14 and Oliver Dickens 9 take a selfie with their ancestor's new statue in Portsmouth today."
(Image copyright Matt Scott-Joynt/M and Y News Agency Ltd)
There was much celebrating in Portsmouth today, as the city's favorite son finally had his new statue, by Martin Jennings, unveiled on his birthday! Members of the Dickens family and the Dickens Fellowship were on hand for the festivities, along with actors Edward Fox and Joanna David. BBC News has the story and some great photos, including a lovely one of the writer's great-great-great-grandon, Oliver (yes, Oliver!) sitting on his lap.
Dickens got a spot on Entertainment Weekly's new list of the 10 greatest novels of all time, with Great Expectations coming in fourth. EW calls it "the greatest morality tale ever written — and the greatest soap opera, too."
In an article for the New Zealand Herald News, Colin Hogg recounts his journey "in Dickens's footsteps."
There's an article here about how people who work with LinkedIn passwords are using A Tale of Two Cities for . . . something or other. Not being a techie, I can't understand a word of it, but maybe some of you can.
A letter written by Dickens's first love, Maria Beadnell, to her daughter Ella, was recently sold on eBay to a former English teacher.