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Charles Dickens  1812-1870 200th Anniversary       Susan P. Whitcomb, Ph.D.
Dickens’s Imagination
Dickens As His Characters
Father and Son
Learning about the Law
Married Life
From Manuscript to Print
Dickens Illustrated
1842 Dickens in America
“I am a Reformer heart and soul.”
Dickens the Dramatist
1857 – A Year of Crisis
1865 Staplehurst Crash  Our Mutual Friend
1867 Public Readings
Died June 9, 1870.Buried in Poet’s Corner, Westminster Abbey
Topics to ExploreChristmas and The Christmas CarolDickens’s program for training prostitutesScience: spontaneous combustio...
Pequot LibraryA small, unique, independent community librarylocated in Southport, CT, USA. Pequot Library  brings literatu...
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Charles Dickens Rare Books and Ephemera 1812 - 1870, 200th Anniversary by Susan Whitcomb, Ph.D.

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Charles Dickens items from Pequot Library's Special Collections will be on display in the Library's two rare book display cases from January 26 through March 31, 2013.
Dr. Susan Whitcomb gave a presentation, “Charles Dickens: Visual Clues to a Rich and Controversial Public and Private Life,” on February 27, 2013. These slides are from her program.
Charles Dickens (February 7, 1812 – June 9, 1870) is probably one of the best-known and best-loved Victorian authors. His writings exposed the difficult working conditions in Victorian England and inspired philanthropists to initiate the changes needed to create a better life for the impoverished. Books such as Oliver Twist, The Old Curiosity Shop, Bleak House and The Adventures of David Copperfield began as serials in newspapers and so were available to many more people than were his books. Dickens lectured on the harsh treatment of the working class and also gave readings from his books both in England and the United States.
Pequot Library’s Charles Dickens Rare Print Collection (Seymour Eaton, editor. Philadelphia: R.G.Kennedy and Sons. 1900.) contains facsimiles of some of the engravings used in Dickens’ books, as well as portraits and caricatures of Dickens, facsimiles of Dickens’ playbills, documents including his marriage license, and facsimiles of drawings of his various homes including his final home in the Poets’ Corner in Westminster Abbey.
In addition to the Rare Print Collection, Pequot Library owns several Dickens’ books dating to the 1870’s, some of which are on display.
Pequot Library would like to thank Diana and John Herzog for loaning us some of their Dickens memorabilia: the photographs, autographed letter and envelope, signed check, admission ticket to the “Pickwick Papers”, a decorative plate, a bust of Dickens and a book “The Life and Times of Charles Dickens” by Allen S. Watts.

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Charles Dickens Rare Books and Ephemera 1812 - 1870, 200th Anniversary by Susan Whitcomb, Ph.D.

  1. 1. Charles Dickens 1812-1870 200th Anniversary Susan P. Whitcomb, Ph.D.
  2. 2. Dickens’s Imagination
  3. 3. Dickens As His Characters
  4. 4. Father and Son
  5. 5. Learning about the Law
  6. 6. Married Life
  7. 7. From Manuscript to Print
  8. 8. Dickens Illustrated
  9. 9. 1842 Dickens in America
  10. 10. “I am a Reformer heart and soul.”
  11. 11. Dickens the Dramatist
  12. 12. 1857 – A Year of Crisis
  13. 13. 1865 Staplehurst Crash Our Mutual Friend
  14. 14. 1867 Public Readings
  15. 15. Died June 9, 1870.Buried in Poet’s Corner, Westminster Abbey
  16. 16. Topics to ExploreChristmas and The Christmas CarolDickens’s program for training prostitutesScience: spontaneous combustion and mesmerismDickens and other authors, e.g. Thackeray, WilkieCollins, Elizabeth Gaskell
  17. 17. Pequot LibraryA small, unique, independent community librarylocated in Southport, CT, USA. Pequot Library brings literature, music, art, science and the humanities to our community. For over 120 years, Pequot Library has been a pillar of Fairfield County, CT providing professional, encouraging library services and diverse programming to our local and regional community and beyond. www.pequotlibrary.org

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