I'm finally taking a moment to respond to Mikhail Simkin's critique of my response to his study. (For those just joining us, a brief recap: Simkin claimed to have proved that there was no substantial difference between the works of Charles Dickens and those of Edward Bulwer-Lytton; a few critics responded in various forums; Simkin attempted to debunk our responses.)
I'll briefly address what I see as his major points, under the cut:
The other day I did a podcast with Emily Whitten of Redeemed Reader and Rea Berg of Beautiful Feet Books. I was there representing Youth Reads, a Web page that I run as part of my day job. But I mention it here because, in the course of our conversation about what constitutes a virtuous love story, Dickens came up quite a lot! At various points, you can hear us talk about Bleak House, Our Mutual Friend, and Little Dorrit.
of the highlights of my year was the Dickens on Screen festival at the TIFF
Bell Lightbox in Toronto. This particular event, organized to coincide with the
bicentenary, had several stops and was curated by Adrian Wootton, the chief executive
of Film London and an avid Dickensian
and film historian in his own right.
Part 1 of the 1988 Little Dorrit, with Derek Jacobi, Sarah Pickering, and Alec Guinness, airs on TCM at 6 a.m. Eastern tomorrow (Saturday). Part 2 airs at the same time next Saturday morning. Thanks to Rachel for the tip.