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Patrick McCarthy <[log in to unmask]>
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Mon, 12 Mar 2012 19:01:49 -0700
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Friends of the Dickens forum,

	What one or two of you catches an omission in a
D-L post, and supplies the omission without fuss, well, that
is a joy to delight any editor.  Here Russell Potter
<[log in to unmask]> notes and corects with wit as well.
May we add that Pamela Dalziel notes and corects with equal


Since "Death of Nancy Sikes" has not -- so far as we know --
survived, none of this challenges the newly-found film as the
"earliest surviving" -- of course, when it comes to very early film,
a saying comes to mind that was once popular in the Soviet Union
(where disgraced officials were retroactively airbrushed out of photos):
"You can never predict the past."  The Edison film "Death of Nancy Sikes"
`might always turn up somewhere; Edison's 1910 version of Frankenstein,
which was thought to have been lost for decades, turned up in a lone copy
in the private collection of a film collector in Wisconsin, who didn't
realize what he had until the 1970's and only allowed its DVD release
years after that!


On Mon, Mar 12, 2012 at 2:27 PM, Patrick McCarthy
<[log in to unmask]> wrote:
      Friends of the Dickens Forum,

          William Moeck <[log in to unmask]> has kindly
      to us an account of a 1901 movie found in the British
      Institute, which is claimed to be the "earliest surviving
      featuring a character from the works of Charles Dickens."
      The URL follows.

          However (said slowly), in a long impressive piece
      in the *Times Literary Supplement* February 10, 2012,
      "Dickens on Screen," Peter Parker writes as follows:
      "The earliest known Dickens adaptation, "Death of Nancy
      (sic), was an American production of 1897, made a year
      the first public production of "Edison's latest marvel".
      Ross and Mabel Fenton, who are very prominent in
      vaudeville and
      burlesque, in their thrilling sketch taken from Dickens's
      *Oliver Twist*, contemporary publicity promised."

          All clarifications are welcome.

      The URL: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/mar/09/oldest-charles-dickens-film-disc

PJM, courtesy of William Moeck

Russell A. Potter, Ph.D.
Professor of English
Rhode Island College
600 Mt Pleasant Ave
Providence, RI 02908