Chron.com reports that this year's Dickens on the Strand -- featuring the return of Mark Dickens after 12 years, to perform A Christmas Carol -- brought a little cheer to hurricane-ravaged Galveston, Texas.
Lucinda Hawksley's new book about her great-great-great grandfather, Dickens and Christmas, will be released in the U.K. on October 30. It won't be released here in the United States until February, which seems a bit silly, considering that's well after Christmas! Here's hoping the U.S. publishers rethink that one. (Thanks to The Buzfuz for the tip.)
Today marked the centenary of Georgina Hogarth's death on April 19, 1917. The sister of Charles Dickens's wife, Catherine, Georgina is something of an enigma. In the bitter split between Charles and Catherine, Georgina sided with her brother-in-law and chose to stay with him and the children, for reasons that are still not entirely clear. There were rumors of an affair between the two, but according to the most reliable sources, they were nothing but close friends. Dickens called Georgina "the active spirit of the house," and though it was said in a sad and troubling context, it's still a high tribute to a woman who provided some stability and comfort to the children who no doubt sorely needed it.
Next Wednesday, April 19, will mark the centenary of the death of Dickens's sister-in-law Georgina Hogarth. The Dickens Fellowship will commemorate her in a graveside ceremony, to which all are welcome. Click here for details.
CBS Minnesota has a short video interview with Gerald Dickens, including a couple of very brief clips from To Begin With. Broadway World has a Q&A with him, and Lavender magazine has another one. And the blog Compendium has a nice, thorough review of the show itself. Thanks to The Buzfuz for pointing me to some of these!
The play inspired by Dickens's The Life of Our Lord, and starring his descendant Gerald Charles Dickens, is coming back to the city where it premiered two years ago. To Begin With will run at the Historic Wesley Center from March 28 through April 15. For more information, go here; to buy tickets, go here.
Speaking of Gerald Dickens, you can read his thoughts on performing in this and other works by and about his famous ancestor at his blog!
Cedric Dickens, a great-grandson of Charles, would have turned 100 on September 24, and he's getting a party! Cedric's daughter Jane Monk has completed the memoir her father left unfinished when he died in 2006. The book, My Life, will have its official U.S. launch October 22 (11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.) at the Union League in Philadelphia, sponsored by Frank Giordano of the Philadelphia Pickwick Club. RSVP to Rick Bravo at ribravo55 AT verizon DOT net (you know the drill) if you'd like to go! (H/T The Buzfuz.)
Great-great-great-grandson Ian Dickens recently became a volunteer with Beanstalk, a child literacy charity. In this interview, he talks about how his ancestor's legacy -- not just as a writer, but also as a performer -- helps him teach children to read.