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Masterpiece Airs: Little Dorrit, Mar 29-Apr 26

abstract:Third in the Dickens Classics miniseries produced by WGBH Boston's Masterpiece and adapted by screenwriter Andrew Davies is "Little Dorrit" Dickens story about a woman, Amy Dorrit who spends her life caring for her father in the Marshalsea debtors prison. The five-part series features Claire Foy as Amy Dorrit, Tom Courtenay as Mr. Dorrit, Russel Tovey as John Chivary and the outstanding casts that WGBH Boston is known for. Check out the website's thorough resources, which include: cast and crew interviews, academic commentary by Tatiana Holway who received her Ph.D. from Columbia University, video excerpts of the films and extensive Dickens resources online. Don't miss our interview with Executive Producer, Rebecca Eaton in an earlier podcast introducing the series and BookBuffet's collaboration with Masterpiece. Join the Book and Film Club and stay in touch with other classic novel afficianados and receive updates on upcoming features. Andrew Davies and MASTERPIECE Producer, Erin Delaney also chat with Little Dorrit readers at the week of March 30th and April 20th, respectively.


March 28, 2009
— Powerful Social Commentary

In his eleventh novel, illustrated by Phiz and published by Bradbury and Evans, Dickens' childhood memories of his father's imprisonment in the Marshalsea for debt are brought forth again as the centerpiece of the story of William Dorrit, whose family is also imprisoned there.

Dickens sets the novel in the 1820's, around the time his father was an inmate in the Marshalsea, but virtually ignores that time period during the novel in favor of the present time (mid 1850's) introducing many anachronisms. The theme of imprisonment, both physical and psychological, carries throughout the novel.

Dickens notes in the preface for the completed novel that he had never had so many readers, indeed, sales of the monthly installments topped all of Dickens' earlier works. This despite some critics declaring Little Dorrit Dickens' worst offering, citing an overly complex plot and lack of humor. Modern critics have been kinder, calling the novel one of the best of Dickens' later novels.

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Meet the main characters in Amy’s world and explore the careers of the actors who portray them.
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Inspiring Dickens In Your Children

The Dickens Project of University of California, Santa Cruz is a scholarly consortium devoted to promoting the study and enjoyment of the life, times and work of Dickens. I can't think of a better way to inspire your students or home-schooled child to enter the Dickens realm. The Dickens Project offers an annual High School Student Scholarship Essay Contest. Two high school students and their teachers can win a scholarship to study Dickens at The Dickens Universe, a conference of scholars and the general public, hosted each summer by the University of California, Santa Cruz. Students enter the contest by submitting an essay on a specific topic. The winning essays are published on The Dickens Project website and circulated at The Dickens Universe. The deadline for this year's contest is March 18, 2009.

Check out the web features for the new adaptation of Little Dorrit, airing on 3/29 and 4/26 on PBS MASTERPIECE. Their Book Club resources will is online at

Claire Foy as Amy Dorrit
Claire Foy In a Masterpiece video interview, actor Claire Foy talks about her sympathetic spin on one of Dickens' most loving daughters.

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For a limited time starting Monday April 13th, view episode three of Little Dorrit. Episode four will be available April 20th and episode five will be available April 27th.

Coming this week-don't miss the:
Teachers Guides pdf's guide downloads for each novel
Dickens BookClub resources
Book Giveaway
Sign up for a chance to win copies of Little Dorrit (Penguin Classics), (Penguin) and David Copperfield (Masterpiece DVD). Don't forget to subscribe to the Masterpiece e-Newsletter.

Join The Book & Film Club

Here's how to join BookBuffet's own "Masterpiece Book To Film Group."
On the BookBuffet website home page, click: JOIN
Select: "Invited to join an existing group."
Type: Masterpiece Book To Film Group
Then type your own member details. That's it!
You will see the "current book" posted on the group calendar, as well as the dates the series airs on television. You'll be on the member list and receive email updates on new content such as podcasts and WGBH material. You'll also be able to chat on the online forum for this group. JOIN TODAY

For our in-depth interview with Masterpiece Executive Producer of 20 years, Rebecca Eaton, click on the following BookBuffet Podcast.



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