LONDON (Reuters) - Charles Dickens will be feted around the world next year in literature, film, theatre, music and art, underlining his international cultural impact two hundred years after his birth (born on 7 February 1812). The author of classics like Oliver Twist, Great Expectations, Bleak House and A Tale of Two Cities is considered one of the greatest novelists to have written in English. Sales of his books, which are still in print, run into hundreds of millions of copies, and during his lifetime his works were turned into theatre. With the advent of cinema in the late 19th century and television decades later, Dickens became the most adapted novelist of all time, with more than 100 films short and feature length made in the silent era alone. The prose style of Dickens is a foreshadowing of cinematic technique, said Michael Eaton, co-curator of what is billed as the largest retrospective of Dickens on screen ever staged. Dickens on Screen, part of the broader, global Dickens 2012 initiative (www.dickens2012.org), will be held at the British Film Institute (BFI) in London from January to March 2012.