Happy Birthday, Mr. Dickens!

07 Feb

Happy Birthday to you!
Happy Birthday to you!
Happy Birthday, Charles Dickens!
Happy Birthday to you!

Are ya one? Are ya two? Are ya three? Are ya….
Excuse me.  What did you say?
You said that you are 200 years old today?!

Wow! That’s going to be a lot of candles.

Readers, take a moment today to celebrate this master author.  Perhaps you’ll have a cup of English tea.  Perhaps you’ll make this delightful recipe for gruel.  Either way, you can quote this famous Dickens line and say, “Please, sir, I want some more.”

True Dickens devotees will want to visit Dickens 2012.

Dickens 2012 is an international celebration of the life and work of Charles Dickens that marks the bicentenary of his birth.

Why all the fuss for a man who died in 1870? 

As William Makepeace Thackeray rightly said, ” The power of [Dickens] is so amazing, that the reader at once becomes his captive, and must follow him withersoever he leads.”

Happy Birthday, Mr. Dickens! 
Thank you for your captivating stories.



Posted by on February 7, 2012 in Oliver Twist


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4 responses to “Happy Birthday, Mr. Dickens!

  1. Adriana

    February 14, 2012 at 11:52 am

    My husband and I once stayed at a hotel that Charles Dickens had visited while on his tour of the US.

    After traveling 30 miles in a stagecoach on a cold, rainy, spring day, he arrived at his destination. Upon entering the hotel, he wasted no time placing an order for brandy. He was politely informed that it was a “temperance establishment”. Apparently Mr. Dickens was not one bit happy about this. The poor man had to make do with a cup of hot tea!

    • Christine

      February 14, 2012 at 12:17 pm

      I’d never heard that before. Thanks for sharing the Dickens tale!

  2. Wendy w

    May 2, 2013 at 3:22 am

    Lol. Gruel glorious gruel! Nancy in O.T. really traumatized me at age 12. Anyone else affected by her that way? Would have named my daughter Nancy if I had a child. 1st play I was in? That’s right..Oliver! I was 15. Before that,We spent endless hours playing “street house”, our own version of Oliver Twist.


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