Micawber Day 2014

January 18, 2014

Happy Micawber Day!

Each January 18 (since 2013), HiLobrow invites our readers to celebrate the legacy of Wilkins Micawber, one of our favorite fictional idlers. Introduced to the world in 1850 via Dickens’s David Copperfield, Micawber is known for his beautiful-loser credo: “Something will turn up.”

As HILOBROW’s Joshua Glenn put it in The Idler’s Glossary, the adjective “Micawberish” has come to mean someone who lives in optimistic expectation of better fortune, but won’t lift a finger to make it come any sooner.

PS: Why do we celebrate this Dickensian idler’s holiday on January 18? Because that’s the date (in 1935) on which George Cukor’s excellent film adaptation of David Copperfield, in which W.C. Fields brilliantly portrays Micawber, was released.