Monday, February 6, 2012

It's Going to Be A Dickens of A Day!

Tomorrow - February 7 - is Charles Dickens' 200 birthday and the old man still holds up beautifully! Having finished Another Bullshit Night in Suck City I am back to reading Great Expectations.
USAToday has a great article about all the fanfare - it's actually a year long celebration. So take a peek here

And from the article, some tidbits of note ....
"Dickens at 200," an exhibit at the Morgan Library & Museum in New York, notes that no other writer — not William Shakespeare, not Jane Austen— has inspired more movie, TV and stage adaptations.
More than 320 movies — dramas, musicals and cartoons — have been inspired by Dickens' novels. If there's no all-Dickens cable TV channel, it's not for lack of material. And more is on the way.
PBS' Sunday night Masterpiece Classic series will air new British productions of The Old Curiosity Shop (Feb. 26), Great Expectations (April 1 and 8) and The Mystery of Edwin Drood (April 15).
Fiennes and Helena Bonham Carter will star in the latest film version of Great Expectations to be released later this year. And Fiennes plans to direct The Invisible Woman, based on Tomalin's 1991 book about Dickens' affair with actress Nelly Ternan who was 18 when she met the unhappily married 45-year-old author. (Tomalin also wrote the 527-page Charles Dickens: A Life, released last fall, joining a shelf's worth of biographies.)

Tomorrow we'll take a look at two pictures of Miss Havisham from Great Expectations- Gillian Anderson who stars in the Masterpiece Classics television movie and Helena Bonham Carter who appears in the film version coming out at years' end.

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