mon 28/09/2020

Dickens

Fiennes shoots himself as Dickens

The 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens has seen the publication of Claire Tomalin’s biography, but cinema is reverting to her earlier book The Invisible Woman to mark the bicentenary. The book is the biography of Nelly Ternan, the...

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Charles Dickens, Theatre and Dance Critic-at-Large

When a young Charles Dickens visited New York in 1842 with his wife, he strolled down Broadway, happened upon an unusual dance and naturally checked out theatreland. As his bicentenary is celebrated, here, from his journal, American Notes For...

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The Bicentenary of the Birth of Charles Dickens, Westminster Abbey

Why? The question really needs to be asked. Why all the hoopla, the adaptations, reprints, books, comics, tweets, no doubt Facebook pages too. Did we do this for Thackeray last year? Will we do it for Wilkie Collins? Or even George Eliot? A...

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The Mystery of Edwin Drood, BBC Two

You can never have enough Dickens, doctors say. Or is it exercise? Either way, the BBC has gone to town on the 200th anniversary of Dickens's birth as if the moths are eating away in the Victorian closet and all the costumes need to be used as much...

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Opinion: do we really need more classic novels adapted?

Wanted: classic novel, preferably 19th-century but 18th will do, or early 20th. Anything reeking of period before television acceptable, though preferably not too working class. English if poss. Barnaby Rudge need not apply.Is there a crisis in the...

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Great Expectations, BBC One / True Stories: Sarah Palin - You Betcha!, More4

Without wanting to sound humbuggy, do we really need another Great Expectations? Let alone two. There’s yet another movie coming next year but breasting the tape first is a new three-parter from the BBC. Cinema last visited the story of Pip Pirrip...

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A Christmas Carol, Arts Theatre

That a tale confronting society’s most pernicious evils, giving poverty a human face and desperation a voice, should become a cornerstone of the British festive experience is perhaps unexpected: testimony either to the moral deviance of the general...

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Downton Abbey aims to rule Yuletide schedules

ITV has been cunningly trailing its Christmas bumper edition of Downton Abbey, which will feature guest stars Nigel Havers and Samantha Bond and the spectacle of Mr Bates being dragged before the beak for murdering his first wife. Now that details...

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A Hankering after Ghosts, Dickens and the Supernatural, British Library

Well, if you haven’t yet realised that 2012 is Dickens Central, there’s no hope for you. The 200th anniversary of Dickens’s birth is still two months away, but Claire Tomalin’s biography has scampered out of the starting gate already, as has Robert...

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Extract: 'Til Death Us Do Part' - Dickens's first biographer

Over their lifelong friendship Dickens sometimes mocked Forster and quarrelled furiously with him, but he was the only man to whom he confided his most private experiences and feelings, and he never ceased to trust him and rely on him. It was not a...

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Truman Capote's In Cold Blood: A new introduction

Following the fanfare that accompanied the publication of In Cold Blood in 1965, Truman Capote, ever the consummate self-publicist, claimed to have written a book that was truly different and original - even, perhaps, the first of its kind. For many...

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Art Gallery: The Worlds of Mervyn Peake

Peake's 'The Mad Hatter's Tea Party', 1945

Best known for the Gormenghast Trilogy, Mervyn Peake, who died in 1968 and whose centenary is celebrated this year, was also an artist, an illustrator and a poet. As well as illustrating his own fiction (images 5-9), some of his finest drawings were...

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