Random Reads, a blog at Random House India, is doing a series about "forgotten" classics. This month, The Old Curiosity Shopis featured. It's odd to think of this one as "forgotten," when it was so immensely popular in its time -- but there's no doubt that tastes have changed since then. Makes you wonder which Dickens novels will be considered the best, and which will be "forgotten," in another century or so.
We go for a particular novel to Dickens as we go for a particular inn. We go to the sign of the Pickwick Papers. We go to the sign of the Rudge and Raven. We go to the sign of the Old Curiosities. We go to the sign of the Two Cities. We go to each or all of them according to what kind of hospitality and what kind of happiness we require.
Rather unfortunately, Chesterton goes on to argue that Martin Chuzzlewit is the exception to the rule, thanks to its "melancholy" feel. Still, the imagery is brilliant and, I think, profoundly true.
And Chesterton does go on to say, "He poured into this book genius that might make the mountains laugh, invention that juggled with the stars." So there's that!
As the release of the last Harry Potter movie approaches, a Wall Street Journal article examines the ties between that series and the works of Dickens. There's a sample (with a spoiler or two) below . . .
Dr. Holly Furneaux of the University of Leicester will deliver a special lecture titled "Serial Readers: Dickens and the Victorian Soap Opera" on October 5. The event will also include a costumed reading and a viewing of some of Dickens's manuscripts and possessions. Click here for more information.
This list was inspired by a post at Elizabethan. Lilie, the blogger over there, based her list on a bunch of Austen, Gaskell, and Brontë adaptations, while I, for obvious reasons, am doing an all-Dickens list.
Did I miss any categories? If so, add them (with your nominees) in the comments section! And note that these are only from the adaptations I'm familiar with, so feel free to suggest other nominees from whichever adaptations you want for my categories as well.
Click below to find the list, with screencaps and occasional remarks.
The 1984 TV film of A Christmas Carol, starring George C. Scott, comes to Blu-ray in November.
England's Northern Ballet Theatre will perform a ballet of A Christmas Carol at the International Festival of Music and Dance in Bangkok this month.
L.A. theater company A Noise Within will present a new adaptation of Great Expectations this season. Info here and here.
The Northumberland Theatre Company is touring England with a production of The Old Curiosity Shop in which six actors play several parts each. The company's goal is "to make theatre accessible to everyone."
This piece is about trucks named after Dickens characters, but in most of the pictures I can't make out the names on said trucks. (Except for "Little Nell," and I was aided by the fact that that one is specifically mentioned in the piece.) Nice idea, though.