Charles Dickens beat out Keira Knightley for the lead story in the entertainment section of the Toronto Star today, with an article featured here on a local collector of his works.  The paper also had a cool map of places in Toronto that Dickens visited on his 1842 visit to North America, which I don’t see reproduced online.

We are still a couple of weeks away from Dickens’s 200th birthday, on February 7th.  It will be interesting to see what kind of mainstream media coverage the big event gets, in addition to the academic conferences and special publications being planned.  Seems like the Victorians have enough cachet to trump starlets.

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3 thoughts on “Dickens’s 200th Birthday

  1. I’d like to see that map, Karen. What sorts of places did Dickens visit in Toronto?

    The Globe and Mail also had an article a few weeks ago titled “Goodbye Charlie Sheen, hello Charles Dickens. What we’ll talk about in 2012”: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/relationships/news-and-views/judith-timson/goodbye-charlie-sheen-hello-charles-dickens-what-well-talk-about-in-2012/article2286404/

    I heard that the February Vanity Fair has an article Christopher Hitchens wrote about Dickens. I haven’t picked it up yet — has anyone else read it?

  2. I, too, would love to see that map! I found a lovely story celebrating the 150th anniversary of Dickens’ trip to Toronto in a 1992 issue of _The Halcyon_, the newsletter for supporters of the Fisher Rare Book Library:

    http://www.library.utoronto.ca/development/news/halcyon/halcyon_november_1992.pdf

    Written by the sadly late Richard Landon, the article describes an exhibition mounted by the Fisher that emphasized the pecuniary and performative importance of Dickens’ first tour to North America in 1842. It also mentions Dan Calinescu, the bibliophile star of Karen’s linked article!

    And speaking of Dickens in America, the never-boring Theodore Dalrymple has an article on the prescience of _Hard Times_ for these, em, hard times, in the January 2012 issue of The American Conservative:

    http://www.theamericanconservative.com/blog/hard-times-again/

  3. Thanks Fiona and Jen. It’s too bad that the map wasn’t online, but I think he liked University Ave and the young U of T. We could double check in American Notes, but I think the sad truth is he was only in Toronto for two nights.

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