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August 24, 2009


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Gina, what a wonderful little piece of trivia! I had no idea. One can only imagine how wonderful it must have been to have actually heard Charles Dickens reading selections from his works aloud! Wow! Cheers! Chris

And sitting by Mark Twain, too! :-)

This reminds me of how much that I enjoyed the description of Dickens's public readings and the crowd reactions that Dan Simmons included in his recent novel "Drood." I'd bet that quite a number of poets and authors attended these readings; after all, how could the 'literati' of the day not gone to see what the 'buzz' was all about. What an amazing man Dickens was!

I think this first paragraph may be Twain's own account of that visit - at least one visit to a Dickens reading:

It doesn't sound like he likes it much, unfortunately!

I just love, love, love this sort of thing when authors cross paths!

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