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The Invisible Woman – The Affair of Charles Dickens

September 9, 2011 by · 1 Comment
Filed under: Charles Dickens, LitNews 

Invisible WomanOne of the first biographies I read about Charles Dickens was The Invisible Woman by Claire Tomalin.  The book focuses on Dickens’ affair with the actress Ellen Ternan.

Charles Dickens and Nelly Ternan met in 1857; she was 18, a hard-working actress performing in his production of The Frozen Deep, and he was 45, the most lionized writer in England. Out of their meeting came a love affair that lasted thirteen years and destroyed Dickens’s marriage while effacing Nelly Ternan from the public record.

In this remarkable work of biography and scholarly reconstruction, the acclaimed biographer of Mary Wollstonecraft, Thomas Hardy, Samuel Pepys and Jane Austen rescues Nelly from the shadows of history, not only returning the neglected actress to her rightful place, but also providing a compelling portrait of the great Victorian novelist himself. The result is a thrilling literary detective story and a deeply compassionate work that encompasses all those women who were exiled from the warm, well-lighted parlors of Victorian England.

You can learn more about Dickens’ marriage and affair on our partner site, Charles Dickens Info.

 

Grave Expectations

August 12, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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At the end of this month another horror rewrite of classic literature will hit the bookstores.  Grave Expectations by Sherri Browning Erwin and Charles Dickens will show us Pip and Estella as we’ve never seen them before.

Per Amazon’s website, “Bristly, sensitive, and meat-hungry Pip is a robust young whelp, an orphan born under a full moon. Between hunting escaped convicts alongside zombified soldiers, trying not to become one of the hunted himself, and hiding his hairy hands from the supernaturally beautiful and haughty Estella, whose devilish moods keep him chomping at the bit, Pip is sure he will die penniless or a convict like the rest of his commonly uncommon kind.”

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Oscar Wilde and the Vampire Murders

July 19, 2011 by · 1 Comment
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Oscar Wilde Oscar Wilde and the Vampire Murders – In the latest in the series of Oscar Wilde murder mysteries,  Wilde and his good friend Sir Arthur Conan Doyle face something very odd indeed.  A duchess is found murdered—with two tiny puncture marks on her throat. Hmm . . . I wonder what that could mean?

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Sherlock Season 1

SherlockIf you haven’t seen this modern day retelling of the Sherlock Holmes stories then you’re in for a treat.  Sherlock brilliantly walks the line between staying true to the works of Conan Doyle and giving the tale a new twist.

Wait until you see what they did with the phrase “three pipe problem.” Here’s the original quote:

“It is quite a three pipe problem.” ~ The Red-Headed League by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Slings & Arrows – Season 2

March 31, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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Slings & Arrows - Season 2
Season One of Slings & Arrows dealt with a production of HamletThe second season of Slings & Arrows takes on the dreaded Macbeth.  Along the way the characters face  issues as diverse as love, death, middle age and tax audits.

What can I tell you?  It’s smart.  It’s funny.  I enjoyed it immensely.

“There would have been a time for such a word. To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow, creeps in this petty pace from day to day, to the last syllable of recorded time; And all our yesterdays have lighted fools The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle! Life’s but a walking shadow; a poor player, that struts and frets his hour upon the stage, and then is heard no more: it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.” – Macbeth by William Shakespeare

Gad’s Hill Place and Charles Dickens

March 29, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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Charles Dickens bought Gad’s Hill Place in 1856 and lived there until his death in 1870. This video shows the house as well as the surrounding area.

Hmmm . . . I wonder how much a trip to England would cost?

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Conan Doyle Speaks

March 28, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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Check out this fascinating YouTube video showing Sir Arthur Conan Doyle talking about how he came up with the idea for Sherlock Holmes.

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More Zombies – Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

March 23, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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Jane Austen I had heard of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies before.  To be honest, I didn’t really pay that much attention.  A rewrite of the Pride and Prejudice with Zombies?  I filed in my brain the same place as the ghost of Elvis and Big Foot.  Then I read the reviews.

Entertainment Weekly gave it an A-.  It made it to the top ten of the New York Times bestseller list.  The A.V. club states, “Grahame-Smith’s amendments add some interest, pathos, and essential motivation to Austen’s subplots.”

This one could be worth a read.  In the meantime, if you want Zombie-free Jane Austen:

“Vanity and pride are different things, though the words are often used synonymously. A person may be proud without being vain. Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves, vanity to what we would have others think of us.” ~ Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

 

Slings & Arrows – Season 1

March 21, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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Slings & Arrows - Season 1
One evening I was looking through the TV comedies section of Netflix and I found this gem.  The first season of Slings & Arrows focuses on a production of Hamlet by a Shakespearean theater troupe.  There are artistic differences, personal issues, romantic problems, corporate drama and, last but not least, a ghost.

“To be, or not to be,–that is the question:–whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune or to take arms against a sea of troubles, and by opposing end them?” ~ Hamlet by William Shakespeare

 

New Quotes and More

March 19, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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We’ve added over 20 new quotes to our collection.   I’m not quite sure how it happened, but all the new quotes are from two titles.  There are Hamlet quotes and Heart of Darkness quotes.

 

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