Today is the 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens’ birth. This month, our Well Read columnist took a look at Dickens’ enduring appeal and legacy, citing a new book edited by Dickens’ great-great-great grandaughter.
If you finished the column hungry for more on this inimitable author, don’t worry. There’s much more Dickens to discover, as shown by the books on this list, which are just a sampling of what’s out there.
A Boy Called Dickens by Deborah Hopkinson. BookPage contributor and renowned author Hopkinson teams up with young illustrator John Hawkins to create a memorable picture book about Dickens’ childhood. (Schwartz & Wade, 2012)
Charles Dickens: A Life by Claire Tomalin. The most recent biography of Dickens, from the author of Samuel Pepys, is “a masterful balancing act” that presents Dickens the man and Dickens the author. (Penguin Press, 2011)
Charles Dickens by Michael Slater. This 2009 biography by an emeritus professor of Victorian literature at the University of London and former president of the Dickens Society of America was the first full-length Dickens bio to be published in 20 years. (Yale University Press, 2009)
Drood by Dan Simmons. For a fictional take on Dickens, try Dan Simmons haunting Drood, the story of the friendship between Dickens and fellow author Wilkie Collins and the inspiration for his final, unfinished work.
And for those who prefer their Dickens on audio, Naxos has just published new productions of Oliver Twist and Nicholas Nickleby, with more to come over the next few months.
Do you have a favorite Dickens novel?
p.s. Kerry at Entomology of a Bookworm has her own Dickens list up today; check it out.