Sunday, March 9, 2014

Charles Dickens' Other Woman

Vogue February 2014
I want to live in this photograph. It is breathtakingly romantic. It brings me to all of the wide beaches that I have seen and imagined just this sort of being. The sea brings such a longing naturally. The expanse of it, like love and passion, is indomitable as it spreads out beyond the horizon to places found only in the imagination. And the imagination is exactly where I like to live out love and its passion. I understand it there.

Vogue February 2014
Ralph Fiennes, a particular favorite of mine, directs and stars in this film about Charles Dickens' romance with a woman not his wife. I have not been aware that Dickens had this life, let alone ten children. I read him in high school, of course. But his work was not one that I studied once in graduate school. In a Victorian Literature and Art class, a passing mention was made to his work, and my final paper was written with how his writing catalogued the industrial revolution, but focused on whether  the work of painters at the time demonstrated the same theme. My paper focused on Turner's Rain, Steam, and Speed, which definitely plows the industrial revolution across the canvas by way of a huge locomotive engine ripping across pastoral England as a nearly imperceptible rabbit cowers in the corner of the frame. In Vogue, the photograph above is likened to a Turner painting, and for me that is enough if more of the same is displayed on the screen to tell the story of this man that I know very little of.

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