Monday, August 8, 2011

200th anniversary of Dickens' birth

In 2012, both Helena Bonham Carter and Gillian Anderson are slated to portray the ghoulish Miss Havisham: in a movie and a mini-series adaptation of Charles Dickens' Great Expectations marking the bicentenary of his birth. How bloody marvelous! Many have called Dickens Britain's greatest novelist; can anyone guess what his most popular novel is?

Pip and Miss Havisham by Charles Green, 1898. Gadshill Edition
(Charles Dickens Museum, 48 Doughty Street, London WC1N 2LF)
Miss Havisham laid a hand upon my shoulder. In her other hand she had a crutch-headed stick on which she leaned, and she looked like the Witch of the place.
"This," said she pointing to the long table with her stick, "is where I shall be laid when I am dead. They shall come and look at me here." [Chapter 11]


  1. Without cheating and doing a google search I'm going to guess his most popular work is A Christmas Carol.

  2. Thanks for that! actually, it is A Tale of Two Cities.... don't ask me why!

  3. Really? That's one of the few Dickens' I haven't read