A-Z Challenge. This may seem like a stretch but when you consider Charles Dickens and the novel, Bleak House, you can understand why I'm doing a double post.
Written from 1852- 1853, Bleak House was Charles Dickens ninth novel and was to many classic lit enthusiasts, considered one of Dickens greatest works. Even though I'm a huge fan of Dickens, I actually didn't know much Bleak House. What I found in my research was so extensive, it was somewhat overwhelming. Below is my best attempt highlighting some of particulars about this wonderfully written story.
Although this book isn't a classic horror tale, it certainly highlights the darkness of humanity. Greg Buzzell from the British Library wrote an articulate piece called Charles Dickens, Victorian Gothic and Bleak House where he discusses how Dickens' "incorporates and evolves Gothic imagery, settings and plot devices." Dickens did have a knack for writing incredibly descriptive scenes that gave a dark or goth-like vibe to the reader. He could easily shine a harsh and often truthful light on the people's ignorance, inadequacies and even stoic heroism.
Lastly, the artwork in Bleak House was amazing to say the least. The illustrator, Hablot Knight Browne (pen name Phiz) "is most known for David Copperfield, Pickwick, Dombey and Son, Martin Chuzzlewit and Bleak House."
Where can I get a copy of Bleak House?
I found my e-copy on Amazon again and you guessed it....it's free! Click here to get your copy.
PBS's Masterpiece Theater
And to answer your question, no I haven't seen it yet. I've put it on my watch-list though.
Have your read classic tale? What about the mini-series? Do you have a favorite Dickens novel?
Have a great weekend!