Today would have been Charles Dickens' 200th birthday, which has resulted in all manner of tributes, particularly in the United Kingdom. To help mark the occasion, we've sifted through the reappraisals and retrospectives to find the day's most memorable, informative, and just plain compelling Dickens coverage.
In Westminster Abbey, Prince Charles placed a wreath on the author's grave while Ralph Fiennes read from Bleak House. If you're going strictly on pomp, this was the tribute to end all tributes. [The Telegraph]
Why yes, today's Google Doodle was a reference to Dickens.
For the non-English, actor Simon Callow provided a guided tour to some of the author's notable London locations that felt highly essential, even though he was taking viewers through a world that, strictly speaking, no longer exists. [The Guardian]
If you haven't read Bleak House, Great Expectations, or David Copperfield, you could do worse than checking out the "digested read" editions being offered by The Guardian. The feature is built on the joke of only retaining a germ of the original text, but the abridged versions retain a vaguely Dickensian quality, which is more than you can say for a Wikipedia plot summary. [The Guardian]