In Christmases previous, we featured Charles Dickens’ hand-edited copy of his beloved 1843 novella A Christmas Carol. He did that hand modifying for the needs of giving public readings, a apply that, in his time, “was thought-about a desecration of 1’s artwork and a decreasing of 1’s dignity.” That point, nevertheless, has gone, and lots of the most prestigious writers alive in the present day take the studying aloud of their very own work to the extent of artwork, or a minimum of excessive leisure, that Dickens should have suspected one might. Some writers even do a bang-up job of studying different writers’ work: trendy grasp storyteller Neil Gaiman gave us a dose of that after we featured his recitation of Lewis Carroll’s “Jabberwocky” from reminiscence. At present, nevertheless, comes the complete meal: Gaiman’s telling of A Christmas Carol straight from that very Dickens-edited studying copy.
Gaiman learn to a full home on the New York Public Library, an establishment recognized for its stimulating occasions, holiday-themed or in any other case. However he didn’t have to carry up the afternoon himself; taking the stage earlier than him, BBC researcher and The Secret Museum creator Molly Oldfield talked about her two years spent searching for out fascinating cultural artifacts the world over, together with however not restricted to the NYPL’s personal assortment of issues Dickensian. You may hear each Oldfield and Gaiman within the recording beneath. However maybe the best present of all got here within the type of the latter’s apparel for his studying: not solely did he go totally Victorian, he even went to the size of replicating the Nineteenth-century literary famous person’s personal extreme hair half and lengthy goatee. And College Library Journal has footage. The story actually will get began across the 11:00 mark. Gaiman’s studying will likely be added to our listing of Free Audio Books. You will discover the textual content of Dickens’ traditional right here.
Notice: An earlier model of this put up appeared on our web site in December 2014.
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Primarily based in Seoul, Colin Marshall writes and broadcasts on cities, language, and tradition. His initiatives embrace the Substack publication Books on Cities, the e book The Stateless Metropolis: a Stroll by means of Twenty first-Century Los Angeles and the video collection The Metropolis in Cinema. Comply with him on Twitter at @colinmarshall or on Fb.