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Charles Dickens: A Bicentennial Exhibit

Date: January 17, 2012 Location: Watzek Library

To celebrate the two hundredth anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens in February 1812, the Watzek Library and English Department have collaborated on a substantial exhibit of British and American first editions of Dickens and Wilkie Collins, along with examples of parts and periodical issues of the novels and other memorabilia.


The exhibit focuses on A Christmas Carol, Oliver Twist, David Copperfield, Our Mutual Friend, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, The Moonstone, and Dan Simmons’s Drood. Other cases explore the topics of illustration, serial publication, the two American reading tours by Dickens, and issues of copyright in nineteenth century England and America. Exhibit text by English faculty members Pauls Toutonghi and Andrea Hibbard, junior Dana Bronson, and Watzek staff member Paul Merchant. Design by Jeremy Skinner.


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