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Happy 200th birthday to Charles Dickens

February 7, 2012

Charles Dickens by DonToday is the two hundredth year since Charles Dickens was born.    As the theme for this month is laugh, the focus will be on the humour in his stories, rather than the parts of his stories which make you weep (for example the description of the death of David Copperfield’s mother).

Much of Dickens humour is gentle, rather than laugh out loud as he encourages us to laugh with his characters, rather than at them. Nicholas Nickleby contains many bleak descriptions of life, but is lightened by the traveling theatre company the title character joins.

Philip Hensher writes about Charles Dickens, the comic crusader.  You can follow this link to explore his ideas.

Charles Dickens work has featured in numerous adaptions including Doctor Who.  The Museum of London has created an app which is a series of graphic novels about Dickens Dark London.  This image from a skateboard park shows a modern interpretation of his portrait.

You can participate in local Dickens Society events such as a birthday celebration in Centennial Park or with Playing Miss Havisham (in Sydney), and you can find out what is happening in Melbourne and Adelaide.

If you have read Charles Dickens, let us know in the comments, or by tweeting, what your favourite title or character is?  If you haven’t read anything by this author, it is time to start today.


4 Comments leave one →
  1. February 7, 2012 8:34 am

    I love Dickens! His characters can be so over the top and ridiculous. My favourite amusing characters would be Mrs Plornish and Mr Pancks from Little Dorrit.

  2. February 7, 2012 6:14 pm

    “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”

    Perhaps the most famous Dicken’s line?

  3. February 7, 2012 8:17 pm

    I am going to read ‘Our Mutual Friend’ and perhaps a couple of others, I have ‘David Copperfield’ on the shelf, and the complete works on kindle. A Dickens of a year then!


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