Charles Dickens was arguably the most popular author of his time. His books were read all over the world and his speaking engagements were as popular as rock concerts are today. His many characters, including Scrooge, Oliver Twist, Fagin, Little Nell, and David Copperfield, remain some of the most loved and well known in literature.
What we now read as novels were originally published serially with a new chapter appearing in each new edition of a magazine. This often had the consequence of lengthening the books to a size that might put off the modern reader. If you are interested in some of the wonderful dramatized versions available at the Library consider:
- the romantic and mysterious Our Mutual Friend,
- a haunting tale of love, law courts, and loss Bleak House
- a finally hopeful and happy David Copperfield
- the perennial high school assignment Great Expectations
- a tale of selflessness and family greed Martin Chuzzlewit
several versions of Oliver Twist including:
- the 1948 version with Alec Guiness
- the filmed version of the stage play Oliver from 1968
- and finally Roman Polanski ‘s 2005 version with Ben Kingsley.