Born on this date in 1812, Mr. Dickens has been delighting readers for over 150 years.
Dickens Novels I’ve Read: David Copperfield, Oliver Twist, Nicholas Nickleby, A Tale of Two Cities, A Christmas Carol, Pickwick Papers, Great Expectations, Our Mutual Friend
Dickens Novels I Have Yet to Enjoy: Hard Times, Dombey and Son, Bleak House, The Old Curiosity Shop, Barnaby Rudge, Martin Chuzzlewit, Little Dorrit, The Mystery of Edwin Drood.
Favorite Dickens Hero: Pip, Great Expectations
Favorite Dickens Villain(ess): Madame Defarge, Tale of Two Cities
Favorite Tragic Scene: Mr. Peggotty searching for Little Em’ly (Is that a scene or an episode?)
Favorite Comic Character: Mr. Micawber, David Copperfield
Favorite Comic Scene: Miss Betsy Trotwood chasing the donkeys out of her yard, David Copperfield
Strangest Dickens Christmas Story We’ve Read: “The Poor Relation’s Story”, an odd little Christmas story.
Favorite Movie based on a Dickens novel: Oliver! (the musical)
Best Dickens Novel I’ve Read: A Tale of Two Cities, David Copperfield is a close second.
Dickens-related posts at Semicolon:
LOST Reading Project: Our Mutual Friend by Charles DIckens.
Scrooge Goes to Church
Dickens Pro and Con on his Birthday.
Quotes and Links
Scrooge Goes to Church
Born February 7th
Charles Dickens by Jane Smiley
A Little More Dickens
Advanced Reading Survey: Nicholas Nickleby.
A Dickens Quiz
Other Dickens-related links:
Mere Comments on Dickens’ Christianity.
A Dickens Filmography at Internet Film Database.
George Orwell: Essay on Charles DIckens.
Edgar Allan Poe Meets Charles Dickens.
An entire blog devoted to Mr. Dickens and his work: Dickensblog by Gina Dalfonzo.
And I have a new Dickens quiz for all you Dickens lovers.
Can you match the first with the book from which it is taken?
1. “Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show.”
2. “My father’s family name being Pirrip, and my Christian name being Philip, my infant tongue could make nothing longer or more explicit than Pip.”
3. “Although I am an old man, night is generally my time for walking.”
4. “Among other public buildings in a certain town, which for many reasons it will be prudent to refrain from mentioning, and to which I will assign no fictitious name, there is one anciently common to most towns, great or small: to wit, a workhouse; and in this workhouse was born; on a day and date which I need not trouble myself to repeat, inasmuch as it can be of no possible consequence to the reader, in this stage of the business at all events; the item of mortality whose name is prefixed to the head of this chapter.”
5. “Marley was dead: to begin with.”
6. “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way–in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.”
7. “In these times of ours, though concerning the exact year there is no need to be precise, a boat of dirty and disreputable appearance, with two figures in it, floated on the Thames, between Southwark bridge which is of iron, and London Bridge which is of stone, as an autumn evening was closing in.”
8. “An ancient English Cathedral Town?”
Anyone who leaves answers in the comments will receive a visit from yours truly to your blog, a thank you for participating, and a link in a future post.
Amazon Affiliate. If you click on a book cover here to go to Amazon and buy something, I receive a very small percentage of the purchase price.