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Monday, February 6, 2012

It was the best of birthdays...

Charles Dickens, age 49; George Watkins, photographer
Posted by Alana T. and staff

He had but one eye, and the popular prejudice runs in favor of two. From Nicholas Nickleby, ch. 4.

Nearly everyone has read at least some portion of a Dickens novel and most readers have some memory associated with the writer.  Three things stand out for me: 1) the best character names ever (Wackford Squeers? Luke Honeythunder?, wow), 2) the idea that what goes around comes around, and 3) an amazing facility with the English language. 

This year, on February 7th, Charles Dickens would be 200 years old. Celebrations are planned around the world (for more info visit the official Dickens 2012 site).  You may not be able to travel to London and visit a real Victorian workhouse, but you can revisit the authors works.  Don't forget the abundance of excellent film adaptations!

Following is a list of Dickens' titles, along with staff votes for favorite novel and best film adaptation:

A Christmas Carol (3 votes for favorite novel, A Muppet Christmas Carol 3 votes, A Christmas Carol [w/ George C. Scott 1 vote]; A Christmas Carol [w/ Patrick Stewart 2 votes])
A Tale of Two Cities (3 votes)
Barnaby Rudge
Bleak House (3 votes best film adaptation [2005]) 
David Copperfield (2 votes)
Dombey and Son
Great Expectations (8 votes)
Hard Times (1 vote)
Little Dorrit
Our Mutual Friend
Oliver Twist (2 votes)
Martin Chuzzlewit 
Nicholas Nickleby (1 vote)
The Mystery of Edwin Drood
The Old Curiosity Shop

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