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We love our classics: Charles Dickens’ “Great Expectations,” Beethoven’s 5th and 9th Symphonies, and the visual feasts of Picassa and Van Gogh in their finest hours. But, humanity likes imperfections, too. “There is a crack in everything; that’s how the light gets in,” Leonard Cohen once crooned.
Sometimes, the unfinished classics are even more revealing: for what they tell us about their author and about ourselves. The stitches of a genius are easier to see on the canvas.
Host Alastair Sooke takes us on a Sherlock Holmesque adventure through the mysterious appeal of the unfinished masterpiece. We look at Charles Dickens’s “The Mystery of Edwin Drood” and pieces by Jane Austen and even William Shakespeare. Sometimes, ghost writers attempt to finish a work after an author has passed. Steven Spielberg did “A.I,” for example. But, not clearer example would be The Diary of Anne Frank: a purely private, unpolished, and unfinished journal. The fact that there is no ending makes it one of the most powerful endings – if not the most – ever written.
So, pull up a chair, make some tea, and join Alastair through history as he tracks down the ghosts of genius tries to figure out the endings.
What does this tell us about ourselves? What, indeed!
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