I FOUND them dull, most of the thousands of words written to mark the 200th birthday of English author Charles Dickens.
It was almost as if he had been re-categorised in history’s library as a somewhat tedious celebrity rather than an author who used humour, pathos, social observation and clever word-play to agitate for social reform, especially the reduction of poverty.
The Christian Science Monitor ran with an Occupy tag-line on the link to its story: Charles Dickens birthday: a 19th century voice for the 99 percent’ Curiously, CSM did not feature the Occupy analogy prominently in the story layout.
No doubt more than one Open Letter was addressed to Dickens, but this from biographer, Claire Tomalin, asks what he would think of our times.She thinks he would be ‘daunted’ by the increasing prison population in an age of decreasing crime
(Personally I think he would give the Occupy Movement a better run than most of his fellow journalists.) LETTER
The Washington Post ran with a defence of Dickensian verbosity. Whatever! WORDSMITH