Wednesday, December 19, 2007

The Great Wednesday Compare- Charles Dickens VERSUS Mark Twain

The winner of last week's Great Wednesday Compare (George Orwell Vs. Charles Dickens), with a final score of 14-4, was Charles Dickens.

A couple weeks ago, Chris mentioned that "Orwellian" has entered into our lexicon. How did I miss that so had "Dickensian"? I should have really milked that angle. Oh well. Can you think of more examples?

Anyway, Dickens was the winner. I've only read A Christmas Carol. Shame on me, I know. But his connection with the holiday did perhaps give him the unfair advantage over Orwell last week, according to some of the comments (though I'm more than sure that Oliver Twist, A Tale of Two Cities, David Copperfield, Bleak House, Great Expectations, etc played a small role as well.)

But since Christmas is still a week away, who in the world could possibly compete with him at this time of the year? I considered Clement Moore (for Twas The Night Before Christmas) and O Henry (for the Gift of the Magi), but as respectable as they might be, I don't really think stand a chance against Dickens (not if exclamation marks from last week are any indication). So, I've gone instead with Mark Twain. But before you think he's nothing to do with Christmas, read this.

Who's better?



19 comments:

Allison said...

Ooh good match-up. I will go with Mark Twain. Reading his books took up a large chunk of my childhood.

Stephanie said...

Oh yikes. How can I choose?? I love both!! Still...I think I will have to stick with Dickens.

Nicola said...

Dickens again for me! Twain is good but I'd much rather read Dickens.

Melanie said...

Tough compare! They are both so good. But I'll still have to go with Dickens; I prefer reading him most of the time.

kookiejar said...

BowTie Wars...hilarious.

This one was so hard for me, I almost decided to abstain. And even as I sit here I'm waffling, but I'm going with Dickens again...and hope that Twain can forgive me.

GeraniumCat said...

Dickens for me again, I don't get on with Mark Twain at all (but my husband does - he'd vote the other way but it doesn't count because he's not online. Ha!)

Barbara Bruederlin said...

In the interest of introducing the term Twainsian into everyday speech, I vote Mark Twain.

pussreboots said...

As much as I adore A Christmas Carol, I have to go with Twain.

Rob Hardy said...

Cruel, cruel. I love Dickens, truly I do, and I have a feeling he will win this one. But Mark Twain completely transformed American literature, and in the process became America's first real media celebrity. I think that George Eliot's Middlemarch rivals anything Dickens wrote for the title of best 19th century English novel, but The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn has, in my opinion, no rivals among 19th century American novels. It is the first Great American Novel, and remains the only novel I've read more than twice. So, I have long-windedly convinced myself to vote for Mark Twain.

Bybee said...

I'm sad that Orwell lost, but the tears on my cheeks dried as I saw Mark Twain is the contender. I'm from Missouri. Also, I once took a 16-week course all about MT and his writing. Sam is the man!

Sam Houston said...

John, you're killing me with this one. These are two of my very favorite writers.

I'm going to have to go with Twain, I suppose, but if you ask me next week, it might very well be Dickens.

Damn, this is too tough.

Remi said...

"The man who doesn't read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them."

I do love Dickens but I must throw my lot in with the man who wrote this. . . Mr. Twain.

Megan said...

This is a tough one, but I gotta go with Twain!

Nicole said...

Wow, I didn't think there would ever be a day when I would find it difficult to choose between Dickens and any other writer, but that day has come.

I don't like Dickens. I never have. But, I want to. I really, really want to.

I do like Twain. I always have. I loved The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. I live in Missouri. I should vote for Twain.

I won't.

I will vote for Dickens, in faith that someday I will pick up that one work that captures me.

Carrie K said...

Twainsian? I can not WAIT to hear that one day. But; ne'er the Twain shall meet, isn't that enough for him? What about: Mark this, my boy....See? Clearly over represented already.

Despite having an incredible fondness for A Yankee in King Arthur's Court, I'm still voting for Dickens.

Chris said...

I staying with Dickens.

BookGal said...

Great one! There are many Twain books on my list of all time favorites so I'll vote for Twain!

Isabella said...

Dickens.

John Mutford said...

Voting is now closed (and Merry Christmas!)