We attended a talk by Malcolm Andrews on Charles Dickens as a writer and performer. (This event was a part of the festival of “British Arts” taking place all over China from April to November 2012.)
Born Charles John Huffan Dickens (February 7, 1812 – June 9, 1870), Dickens was obsessed with his craft, which was greatly influenced by his passion for the theatre. Some commentators might feel the anniversary hype has gotten out of hand, but celebrate as you like with these international events and exhibits.
We thought it would be a great time to read a few of the novelist’s short stories. To Be Read At Dusk is set in Switzerland, where Dickens travelled after a short period living in Italy.
First line: “One, two, three, four, five. There were five of them.”
All of Dickens’s writings are online. Do you have a favourite novel or short story?