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Tue, 3 May 1994 10:30:37 -0700
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       NOTES from the branches of THE DICKENS FELLOWSHIP:

    The Chicago Fellowship is reading DAVID COPPERFIELD. One of
their members has created a geneological chart of Dickens and his
descendants. Copies may be available to non-members. [Bernie
Rost, 2918 N. Austin Ave, Chicago IL 60634.]

    Braving terrible weather, the Philadelphia Fellowship has
been enjoying informative lectures all winter. This July, they
plan to tour England, something they do every ten years or so.
[Martha Rosso, 48 Hampden Rd, UpperDarby, PA 19082]

    The Monterey Peninsula Fellowship again performed at a local
festival; this year their program was entitled "A Dickens Pot-
pourri." Their Hon. Sect'y taught a class on Dickens's life and
work to children; let's hope some of them acquire a taste for
more. [Beth Penney, PO Box BI, Pacific Grove CA 93950.]

    A recent newsletter from the San Francisco Fellowship
included a description ofthe EDWIN DROOD Universe by the Hon.
Sect'y (favorable) and a question about a double-entendre in
OLIVER TWIST (curious). They are reading HARD TIMES this spring,
in preparation of the summer gathering. [Joyce Emrick 2191 32nd
Ave, San Francisco, CA 94116.]

    The Palo Alto Fellowship reports that the Hollywood movie
Greedy is based on MARTIN CHUZZLEWIT but received terrible
reviews. (Recently someone from Hollywood called the Project
Office, asking if Dickens novels were in public domain, or if
there were some family estate they'd have to pay off. We toldthem
that Dickens was pirated as soon as he was published, and they
were free to continue the tradition.) The Fellowship donated a
photograph of the Maclise painting of Catherine Dickens to the
Dickens House, and it hangs now in the dining room there. [Bob
Fellman, 1625 Middlefield Rd. Palo Alto 94301]

    DAVID COPPERFIELD'S names and an analysis of his eating
habits are included ina recent newsletter from Great Los Angeles
Fellowship. Members there suffered some loss of property in the
Northridge earthquake, but no tragedy was reported.

    As the Cleveland Fellowship read OLIVER TWIST this year,
their recent newsletter contains elucidating articles on Fagin,
events of Dickens's life at the time of writing it, and con-
current historic events elsewhere. [Kathy Broz,1511 Middleton Rd.
Cleveland Hts, OH 44121.]

    We received a call for papers with a 15-minute reading-time
before June 15 for consideration in a conference on Dickens in
the 1840s. [Ken Sroka, Dept ofEnglish, Canisius College, Buffalo
NY, 14208.]

NOTA BENE:  The Dickens Fellowships will again be holding a
gathering during the Dickens Universe week at UC Santa Cruz. This
popular event enables Fellowship members from all over the
country to meet, as well as to find potential Fellowship members
from their own areas.