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[文化博览] 【整理】2013-02-20 狄更斯其人 Charles Dickens—7

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HM
Am I allowed to?
Yes, please do, open it
He’s writing this
So it starts off with part number three, the first volume had the first two parts.
Personal history and experience of David Copperfield, chapter seven, I’m seeing if I can read it: school began in earnest that day, it is quite… this would go off to the printers.
This would go off to the printers
I make it decipher for this, yes! But look at this, this is a mess, isn’t it? This is…
This in fact extremely, really neat
really?
and clear, and you can tell that because the compositors when they set from these manuscripts.
Right!
Were extremely accurate.
So he’s writing these novels almost live, in a way people are watching him write, then he doesn’t quite know, he has a rough idea where he wants to go, but he doesn’t quite know it’s going to end.
But he seemed to have been fairly disciplined, he had a copy date of the 20th of each month and he was normally two, three weeks in advance, really? so he was relatively good at keeping up with the…
The idea of being two weeks advance any writing deadline to me is completely alien,  I have to say..
I don’t want to read too much analysis into the handwriting, but I get the sense of very, very restless, unsettled personality. You know, having been a lifelong Dickens’ fan, to have this, I am like a kid in a sweetie shop at the moment, but a sweetie shop run by a guy who makes bloody good sweets.
Dickens started his writing career first as a court reporter, and then a parliamentary sketch writer, he was trained to be fast and vivid and entertaining, so it’s not surprising when he had his first piece of fiction published in 1833 when he just 21, that it was in form of comic, short story, and more, much more comedy was to follow.
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