Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Celebrate Dickens' birthday at library

February 7 marked the 200th anniversary of Victorian author Charles Dickens’ birth. The English writer penned such classics as A Christmas Carol, A Tale of Two Cities, Nicholas Nickelby, David Copperfield, Great Expectations, and Bleak House.

Dickens’ works are still popular with audiences all over the world as evident in the multitude of related films, TV productions, art, literature, and now even a theme park. His characters are so often quoted they have made their way into our modern lexicon and, often, many of us are unaware of the quotes’origins.

Ever wonder, "Is Little Dorritt Dead?" See what gems Richard Nordquist came up with on Dickens and language. And for the competitive types, here's a "fiendishly difficult" Dickens birthday quiz.

Fauquier County Public Library is celebrating Dickens  through March 2 by posting a different quote each week in all library branches. Patrons are invited to guess from which novel they originated and submit their answers to the library for a chance to win a gift certificate to the Friends of the Fauquier Library Book Cellar. Facebook friends may join the fun by posting favorite Dickens quotes.

For more information call (540) 422-8500, ext. 6862.

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