Merry Dickens!

‘Tis the season for some Dickens—and at the Rosenbach, we have several programs that highlight our collection of Charles Dickens books and more.

On November 30, our A Christmas Carol Course begins and runs for two consecutive Thursdays (Nov 30 and Dec 7).

Title page and “Mr. Fezziwig’s Ball” illustration. Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol. London: Chapman & Hall, 186, Strand. 1843. Collection of the Rosenbach, EL3.D548chr 843.

The Course ties in with a two-actor adaptation of A Christmas Carol by the Philadelphia Artists Collective (PAC) on December 14.  If you register for the Course, the performance is included. But you can also just come see the performance.

On Dec 8, our monthly Bibliococktails returns with Drinking with Dickens.  Our friends at Quaker City Mercantile will be preparing punch made from Charles Dickens’ own recipe (he was quite the drinker). We expect it to bring you as much cheer as this guy:

“Scrooge’s Third Visitor” illustration in Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol. London: Chapman & Hall, 186, Strand. 1843. Collection of the Rosenbach, EL3.D548chr 843.

On Dec 15, our Hands-On Tour will be Charles Dickens’ Christmas Ghosts. With A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens established a holiday literary tradition in which he wrote four more Christmas books and many stories in his own lifetime.  The supernatural world played a significant part of these stories and the ghost story is still a traditional part of the British Christmas Season.  Come find out about the ghosts that haunt Dickens’ Christmas tales.

Charles Dickens, The Cricket on the Hearth. 21st ed. Presentation copy. London, 1846. Collection of the Rosenbach, EL3 .D548cr 841.

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