Bianca Tredennick gives invited talk for Hobart Book Village series

Bianca Tredennick gave a public lecture titled, “‘I shall tear myself to pieces’: Dickens’s Reading Tours of the UK and America” as part of the Hobart Book Village’s Winter Respite Series, on March 24, 2019. The talk focused on the public performances Dickens gave of his works, especially covering his tour of America between November of 1867 and April of 1868, in which he read to over 100,000 fans and made the equivalent of 1.5 million US dollars in modern money. The grueling reading schedule he maintained in America and back in the UK, however, had terrible effects on his health and almost certainly hastened his death.