Bicentennial Man

It was the best of birthdays, it was the worst of birthdays…

Well, hopefully not the worst. But it is the 200th birthday of Charles Dickens. Happy birthday, Charles! My favorite of his work is probably A Tale of Two Cities, which I first read when I was way too young to get most of it.

To celebrate, Masterpiece has shared the trailer for their upcoming production of Great Expectations. It looks awesome. I haven’t actually read the book (I know, I know) but this might be the inspiration I need. Also, teachers and librarians should take note:

“Three video-based lessons will be posted in April on the free teacher resource, PBS LearningMedia. Using video clips from Great Expectations, English Lit classrooms can compare and contrast the film with the book, learn about the moral underpinnings of the work, and explore Dickens’s writing process.”

What’s your favorite Dickens novel?