"Mr. Charles Dickens" Reads from His Works at WPI

Contact: WPI Media Relations, 508-831-5616

Reading Dickens

The stories, characters and times of Charles Dickens will be brought to life during a performance by nationally touring actor and scholar Bert Hornback at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). Dressed in Victorian attire, Hornback will perform two pieces Dickens adapted from his own novels and performed almost 150 years ago - "Sairey Gamp" from Martin Chuzzlewit, and "A Christmas Gift" from Great Expectations.

Like Dickens, Hornback travels with his reading stand, a replica of the specially designed reading desk, covered in red velvet, which Dickens always used.

After the performance, Hornback will answer questions as Dickens. There will also be a reception and book signing.

The evening was made possible thanks to the support of the WPI Department of Humanities & Arts, Tatnuck Bookseller, and the WPI Student Speakers Fund.


Bert Hornback is one of the nation's leading scholars of British literature and has written widely on the works of Charles Dickens, Thomas Hardy and George Eliot. In addition to academic writing, Hornback has authored and directed several plays and has written poems. Since 1976, he has earned accolades for his portrayals of Charles Dickens in hundreds of public readings of Dickens' works all over the U.S., Ireland and Canada.


Tuesday, November 5, 2002
7:15 p.m.


Tatnuck Bookseller@WPI
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Campus Center (Entry/2nd Floor)
100 Institute Road
Worcester, Mass.



More Info:

For more information, contact Joel Brattin at 508-831-5572, or jjb@wpi.edu.