Charles Dickens

The Takeaway

Actor Ralph Fiennes Explores the Hidden Life of Dickens in "The Invisible Woman"

Friday, December 20, 2013

In his heyday, Charles Dickens was a literary and political rock star who attracted crowds everywhere he went. But behind closed doors, the writer and family man actually harbored a secret. For 18 years, he carried on an extra-marital affair with a woman 30 years his junior. The story of their affair is told in the new movie, “The Invisible Woman” which was directed by it's leading man—Ralph Fiennes. Fiennes tells an intriguing story of hidden passion and celebrity, set against the backdrop of Victorian era morality.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Guest Picks: Rupert Holmes

Monday, December 10, 2012

Writer, composer, and lyricist Rupert Holmeswas on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about the Broadway revival of his show, "The Mystery of Edwin Drood." He also told us what he's been reading and listening to recently. Find out what he's a fan of!


Selected Shorts

Selected Shorts: Loving Dickens Too Much

Friday, June 08, 2012

This year marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens, who died on June 9th, 1870.  This master storyteller, whose novels and stories of Victorian England have captivated generations with their unforgettable characters, vivid descriptions, and complex plots, was also the inspiration for a story by another literary master, Evelyn Waugh, “The Man Who Liked Dickens.”



Too Busy to Read Charles Dickens? Then Try the Music

Monday, February 06, 2012

Tuesday marked the two hundredth anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens. Find out about the musical connections to the famed writer.

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The Takeaway

Charles Dickens at 200

Thursday, November 17, 2011

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness…" The words are timeless, they could apply to the world today. But of course, they were written over 150 years ago by Charles Dickens, in his masterpiece "A Tale of Two Cities." If he were still alive, Charles Dickens would be turning 200 in just a few months.


The Greene Space

A Christmas Carol: A Radio Play

Friday, December 10, 2010

Join your favorite WQXR and WNYC hosts for a performance of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," adapted by Arthur Yorinks and starring David Hyde Pierce.