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February 14, 2012

The Price of Fame

The price of fame can often be a heavy one, as many people who skyrocket into the public eye discover. Way back in 1842, famous novelist Charles Dickens learned this the hard way on a visit to America. According to this article, not only did Dickens suffer from being under the near constant observation of American fans, but he was irritated by people’s attempts at making money off of his fame. Even more interesting, Dickens was not at all impressed by the money driven politics which affected America even back then. As an author who brought to light the plight of impoverished England, this seems understandable. But fear not, over two decades later Dickens made a second trip to the USA which fortunately proved much more successful and pleasant. :)