Charles Dickens

Book Review: Charles Dickens — Chronic Liar

January 27, 2024
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The book’s most damaging and embarrassing charge against Charles Dickens: he was a reckless syphilitic who infected his wife and children.

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Book Review: “Dickens and Prince” — Together Again?

March 17, 2023
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The overall thesis of this short book/long essay is that both Charles Dickens and Prince embody a certain kind of rare genius combined with a freakishly inexhaustible work ethic.

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Theater Review: “Madame Defarge” — Epic Lite

May 24, 2018
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Director Ellie Heyman and her talented cast have their hands full with this new work because it is, in some ways, a tale of two musicals.

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Film Review: “The Invisible Woman” — The Elusive Story of Boz’s Babe

January 17, 2014
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We do feel Charles Dickens’s heart tenderly beating, swept away by Nelly Ternan’s poised beauty, and it’s touching in an almost Chekhovian way, his being smitten by a love which can only bring sorrow.

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Theater Interview: The Lyric Stage’s Great Expectations

October 8, 2010
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Like just about everything nowadays, the word epic has been downsized, cut and packaged for the short-attention-span generation. Sure, there are ballyhooed mammoth projects, such as the recent films of James Cameron, but the director/producer pulled them off after years of preparation and with millions of dollars at his disposal. By Chantal Mendes. You want…

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