Levenger, the company that used to publish a facsimile edition of Dickens's prompt copy for his Christmas Carol readings, has now published a similar edition of his David Copperfield prompt copy. It's on sale this week for 20 percent off.
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.
"If you're a horse and you're going to be named after a Charles Dickens character, chances are you're going to be named after a notorious villain," speculates Ben Linfoot at SportingLife.com. Linfoot is writing about a horse named Uriah Heep, so I can see why he might think that. But I think Tommy Traddles would make a nice horse's name as well. Or Jenny Wren. Or Newman Noggs . . .
The Buzfuz has an intriguing quote from Scott Eyman's new biography of John Wayne: "Wayne was also a fan of Charles Dickens and if the actor agreed to a business deal, he would always say 'Barkis is willing!', a phrase used by Mr Barkis when he tells David Copperfield that he is ready to marry Peggotty."
Who knew the Duke was a fan of the Master? Good for him!