Nicole Jankowski of WCQS has written a good article about Dickens's writing on food and drink. For her thoughts on how Dickens was the first to describe French fries or how he equates gravy with love, click here!
Kevin Quinn, of the Friends of Dickens New York, reports that the group will celebrate Dickens's birthday this Saturday, Feb. 11, at McGee's. All are welcome to join! The party will run from 12:30 to 4 p.m., and everyone is asked to contribute $40 to the cost of the food.
"From Dickens himself readers wanted more and he gave it, prodigiously. The huge sweep of his novels makes them as extensive as cities, as complex as labyrinths, and as comforting as fires to sit beside. Over the eight hundred pages and, for his first readers, the eighteen months of serial publication, a Dickens novel builds a parallel world to run alongside our own, an ample and welcoming family to be part of our daily lives."
Morfydd Clark (Love and Friendship, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies) has signed on to play Catherine Dickens. Miriam Margolyes has also signed on, though I don't yet know for what role. The script is being written by Susan Coyne (Mozart in the Jungle).
The annual celebration of Dickens's birthday at Clark Park in Philadelphia will be held Sunday. The Buzfuz e-newsletter reports: "Philadelphia writer Edward G. Pettit and his family will present the 'cucumber' scene from Nicholas Nickleby. Christine Nelson, from the Morgan Library and Museum in New York, will read and discuss one of Dickens’ letters. Actors Larry Beck, Ceil Mann, and Ruthanne Ankney will present scenes from The Old Curiosity Shop, Hard Times, and The Cricket on the Hearth. Herb Moskovitz, Bob Sloan, and Kevin Quinn will read a passage from Oliver Twist. The indoor program concludes with tasty treats and a performance by the Kingsessing Morris Men, award winners in this year’s Mummer’s Parade in Philadelphia. For a fun finale, we’ll go outdoors to sing 'Happy Birthday' at the Dickens statue. . . .
"Everyone is invited to attend—but please come early. The program begins at 2 p.m. sharp and concludes about an hour and a half later."
The Guardian has an interesting article on two different master's programs that focus on Dickens: the MA program in Dickens and Victorian culture at the University of Kent, and the new master's by research in Dickens studies at the University of Buckingham.
One hundred seventy-five years ago yesterday, Charles Dickens arrived in Boston on his first trip to America. In honor of the occasion, the Trademark & Copyright Law Blog has a post about Dickens's struggle with American publishers over international copyright law reform.