Wednesday, April 04, 2012

The Morgan Library & Museum Hosts a Major Exhibition Honoring the Birth of Charles Dickens

Art Knowledge News
Posted: 02 Apr 2012 
artwork: Alfred Bryan (1852-1899) - "Caricature of Charles Dickens and William Makepeace Thackeray", undated. - Charcoal and colored chalks, on blue paper. The Morgan Library & Museum, New York. 1974.7 Gift of Miss Caroline Newton, 1974. - Photo: Graham S. Haber.

NEW YORK, N.Y.- Charles Dickens (1812-1870) was Britain's first true literary superstar. In his time, he attracted international adulation on an unprecedented scale, and many of his books became instant classics. Today, his popularity continues unabated, and his work remains not only widely read but widely adapted to stage and screen. The Morgan Library & Museum's Dickens collection is the largest in the United States and is one of the two greatest in the world, along with the holdings of Britain's Victoria and Albert Museum. Charles Dickens at 200 celebrates the bicentennial of the great writer's birth in 1812 with manuscripts of his novels and stories, letters, books, photographs, original illustrations, and caricatures. Sweeping in scope, the exhibition captures the art and life of a man whose literary and cultural legacy ranks among the giants of literature. On view through 12 February, 2012.

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