I was intrigued to learn that British writer and historian Lauren Johnson has written a play about Dickens's friend Angela Burdett-Coutts, titled Lady Unknown. (That was also the title of a biography of Burdett-Coutts.) The play has been performed at the Charles Dickens Museum.
"She deserve to be remembered and celebrated," says Johnson of the Victorian heiress and philanthropist who worked closely with Dickens on several charitable efforts. I couldn't agree more.
Bas Bleu, a favorite online retailer of mine, is offering these charming Christmas cards. They don't just pay tribute to A Christmas Carol, but also branch out to include many other Dickens works. Pretty sure some of my correspondents are getting these in their mailboxes this Christmas!
Book dealer Dr. Jeremy Parrott has discovered a bound collection of All the Year Round with annotations that, according to leading scholars, are "almost certainly" by Dickens himself, identifying the authors of all the anonymous pieces that were published in the magazine. Among these writers are Elizabeth Gaskell, Lewis Carroll, and Wilkie Collins. Said BBC financial broadcaster Paul Lewis: "This is the Rosetta Stone of Victorian studies because it gives you the key to what hundreds of people wrote. When this list emerges it will change Victorian scholarship.”