Charles Dickens – In His Own Words

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Dickens at his desk. Courtesy National Portrait Gallery.

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Charles Dickens turns 200 this year, and two films are in the works depicting the life of the popular author. One of them will star Ralph Fiennes, who played Voldemort in the Harry Potter movies. Jim Zimmerman (James Madison University) has written a dramatic, one-man show based on Dickens musing aloud on the last full day of his life. The monologue uses 90% of the author’s own words, and is filled with reflections about the purpose, meaning, and supposed futility of his life on the day of his fatal stroke.

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