Why do people react so strangely in the presence of the famous? The first "media" tour of North America -- complete with fans and reporters -- was that of the mid-nineteenth century British novelist Charles Dickens. At the end of his journey, Dickens made a stop in Montreal, where he was invited to join the amateur theatrical group of the Montreal garrison. In short order, he took over the production, dismissing the organizing committee and taking the best roles for himself. He even raided people's homes for furniture for the sets. All the while, Dickens neglected his poor, accident-prone wife, Kate.
With insight and wit, Jan Mark explores the mixed blessings of becoming involved with the very famous. Regolo Ricci's wickedly funny paintings combine the high drama and the farce of Dickens's writing…and his life.