EVENT: Charles Dickens and his American Reading Tour, a talk by Isabel Deeble
When: 5th October 2019, 10.00am for a 10.30am start
Where: Nangamay Room, Level 2, City Tattersalls Club, 194 – 204 Pitt Street, Sydney.
How much: $5 for Members, $10 for Guests.
Social media creates celebrities overnight but Charles Dickens was arguably the first international celebrity over 150 years ago. He attracted fame particularly though his paid readings in the later part of his life, and especially during his second trip to America (1867/68). There was a rapturous public reception to the ‘British lion’. His dramatic readings, their staging and scripting were highly praised. He made a ‘multitude of new friends’, some of them eminent figures like himself. On his second tour he noted illuminating observations and experiences. We will explore this triumphal reading tour and the responses it drew from his audiences. What part did P.T. Barnum (of The Greatest Showman) play in this venture? What reports did Mark Twain, young journalist, make on the performances? Which literary luminaries did he meet? What is the long term legacy of this tour?