23 September 2012

200th Birth Anniversary of Charles Dickens



Date of Issue : 14 September 2012

Gibraltar Post has commemorated the bicentenary of the birth of Charles John Huffam Dickens ( 7 February 1812 - 9 June 1870 ) with a wonderful issue of 4 stamps and a nice miniature sheet. This is one of the finest designs ever created for  miniature sheet  to commemorate an author !!!!

Charles Dickens was an English writer, generally considered to be the greatest novelist of the Victorian period and responsible for some of English literature’s most iconic novels and characters. During his lifetime Dickens’ works enjoyed unprecedented popularity and fame, and they remain popular today. It was in the twentieth century, however, that his literary genius was fully recognized by critics and scholars.



The continuing popularity of his novels and short stories is such that they have never gone out of print. Some of his most notable works are his novels: ‘The Pickwick Papers’; ‘The Adventures of Oliver Twist’; ‘The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby’; ‘The Old Curiosity Shop’; ‘A Christmas Carol’; ‘Dombey and Son’; ‘David Copperfield’; ‘Bleak House’; ‘Hard Times: For These Times’; ‘A Tale of Two Cities’ and ‘Great Expectations’



Other Stamps on Classic literature


Children’s favorite books

The Lichtenstein Post has issued a set of stamps on Literature. The stamps illustrate literary figures which have appealed primarily to young readers and which owe some of their celebrity to splendid and high-budget film versions.

The North German prankster "Till Eulenspiegel" appeared anonymously as early as 1510/1512. Nowadays he is familiar principally in Erich Kastner's rendition.

The figure of the fantasist "Baron Munchhausen" goes back to Hieronymus Carl Friedrich Baron von Munchhausen (1720-1797), who was well-known as a humorous story-teller.

"Robin Hood" is a 13th century English folk hero whose fight with the Sheriff of Nottingham has provided material for countless children's books.

Two other figures from the Anglo-Saxon world are the master detective "Sherlock Holmes" (1887 onwards) created by the Scottish author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and the castaway "Robinson Crusoe" (1719) created by the Londoner Daniel Dafoe.

"Hamlet" (1603), the tragic hero of the eponymous tragedy by William Shakespeare, is one of the theatre world's most famous roles. The Spaniard Miguel de Cervantes gave us "Don Quixote" (1605/1615), the Knight of the Woeful Countenance, while "Quasimodo" was the tragic hero of the novel "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" (1831) by the French writer Victor Hugo.

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