[SOLD OUT!] Happy Birthday, Charles Dickens! | Behind the Bookcase

Date / Time

  • February 22, 2024
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


2008-2010 Delancey Place, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19103, United States


  • Admission is $25. 50% off for Rosenbach members, free for the Delancey Society. Not a member? Learn more.
  • This is an in-person program at The Rosenbach. Please check your spam folder for your email confirmation. If you have questions, please call (215) 732-1600 or email [email protected].
  • Registration opens for Delancey Society on December 6, for Rosenbach members on December 14, and for the general public on January 3



Charles Dickens was a literary phenomenon in the 19th century. His first serial novel, The Pickwick Papers, rocketed him to literary fame, and he remained the most well-known and well-read author of his age. In his birthday month (born February 7, 1812), come see some of the choicest items in the Rosenbach’s Dickens collection, including manuscript pages from Pickwick, original serial parts from his first and last novels, personal letters, the first printing of A Christmas Carol, and even a lock of his hair. Edward G. Pettit, host of Pickwick Monthly, will be your guide as we celebrate the life and works of the inimitable Charles Dickens. 

About Behind the Bookcase: Hands-on Tours at The Rosenbach

Behind the Bookcase: Hands-on Tours offer unparalleled access to see, and even touch, rare and important items not usually on view to the public. Each program is dedicated to a different author, theme, or topic and grants a truly hands-on experience with materials in The Rosenbach’s inspiring collection.

See all upcoming tours hereSpace is limited and advance registration is strongly recommended.