“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only”….
Charles Dickens, “A Tale of Two Cities”.
On this day, February 7th but in 1812, Charles Dickens, one of the greatest, most respected and most loved writers of English literature was born. His short stories, novellas and novels are a treasure.
“A Christmas Carol”, “Oliver Twist”, “Great Expectations”, “A Tale of Two Cities”, “David Copperfield” (not to confuse with the famous magician, of course, LOL!!!!!! ) “Hard Times” and of course, “The Pickwick Papers” are the most famous works of Charles Dickens. Charles Dickens was a social critic and it is reflected in many of his works (And also, “David Copperfield” is the most autobiographical of his works)
The opening lines, in which I quoted above, of “A Tale of Two Cities” (along with Don Quijote de la Mancha) are, in my humble opinion, one of the greatest of history of literature.
And for curiosity, just like Shakespeare, Tolstoy and Victor Hugo many of the works of Dickens had many, many, many film adaptations. I lost the count of the number of the many film versions of both “A Christmas Carol” and “Oliver Twist” and the same with Great Expectations (in which my favorite adaptation was the Disney Channel mini series with Anthony Hopkins as Abel Magwitch) and A Tale of Two Cities.
Happy 204th Birthday, Charles Dickens!!!