Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Happy Birthday Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens was born on February 7, 1812
It's amazing how many 200 year anniversaries there are in 2012. Here are just a few:
War of 1812
Columbus, Ohio
State of Louisiana
and of course, Kendal, Ohio.
In terms of literature, the major celebration this year is the 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens' birth. One of the most recent biographies of this most famous and prolific of authors is Claire Tomalin's Charles Dickens: a life published in October of last year. For those looking for a fictional take on his later years, try Girl in a Blue Dress by Gayle Arnold. If you want to learn more about him online, visit dickens2012.org. And you may want to plan ahead for a visit to Dickens' Victorian Village in Cambridge, Ohio. What would Dickens write about today? Here's one take on that question. What's yours?