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LSU Libraries Special Collections Exhibit Commemorates Charles Dickens Bicentennial

01/18/2012 01:57 PM

BATON ROUGE – This year marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens, one of English literature’s most beloved authors. To commemorate the occasion, the LSU Libraries Special Collections will presents an exhibition titled, “Charles Dickens at 200: A Celebration of His Life and Works,” on display in Hill Memorial Library from January 23 to April 28.


Visitors will learn about Dickens’ tragic life and lasting legacy by exploring materials drawn from the library’s collection of rare books and manuscripts. First editions of several of Dickens’ novels including “Oliver Twist,” “A Tale of Two Cities” and “Little Dorrit,” will be featured, along with examples of all the forms in which his stories first appeared – parts, magazines, books and abridged editions for public reading. Also on display will be selections from an extensive collection of Dickensian ephemera, mostly theatre programs, dating from 1880 to 1930. More information is available at


The exhibit is being produced in conjunction with Baton Rouge’s “One Book One Community” program, which has chosen Dickens’ classic Oliver Twist for its 2012 “Big Read.” Information on the One Book One Community program is available at


For more information on the exhibit, contact Michael Taylor, assistant curator of books, at 225-578-6547.

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