Monday, 6 February 2012

Happy 200th Birthday, Mr Dickens

Tomorrow it will be two hundred years since the birth of one of my favourite authors, Charles Dickens. For those of you who don't know, Dickens was born in Portsea, and grew up to become one of the greatest (if not the greatest) authors of his generation. Dickens was the author of some of my favourite novels, including Oliver Twist, A Tale of Two Cities and A Christmas Carol. Much of his work has been made into BBC dramas at some point, while Oliver Twist and A Christmas Carol have enjoyed many weird and wonderful adaptions over the years - in one adaption of A Christmas Carol, Disney's Uncle Scrooge plays Ebenezer, leaving other major Disney characters to play the other roles. In another adaption, Kermit the frog and his Muppet co-stars play the leads. Oliver Twist was adapted into a stage play and musical titled Oliver! which leaves out most of the violence, as well as Oliver's half brother, Monks. 

Dickens died on the 9th of June, 1870. He was laid to rest in the poets corner of Westminster Abbey.