Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Happy Birthday, Charles Dickens! (1812 - 1870)
Today is the official birth date of one of the greatest writers in the English language, certainly the greatest of the Victorians - Charles Dickens. In fact, this year is the Dickens Bicentennial since he was born exactly 200 years ago today, February 7th, 1812.
In honor of the Bicentennial, I plan on reading at least one Dickens book this year and possibly two. Admittedly I haven't read any Dickens since high school (except for A CHRISTMAS CAROL), but I'm making it my mission to do so this year. I was force-fed A TALE OF TWO CITIES in my senior year and did not enjoy the experience, though I do remember crying when Sydney Carton makes his fateful speech.
Obviously, my approach (not to mention, the school's) was incorrect. But now I'm confident I will enjoy introducing myself to Dickens once again.
"I never could have done what I have done without the habits of punctuality, order, and diligence, without the determination to concentrate myself on one subject at a time."
Several great links to Charles Dickens related posts here at The Rap Sheet.