Discovering Dickens - A Community Reading Project
 

Discovering Dickens

Community Reading Project

Charles Dickens

Great Expectations

Historical Context

 

 

 

 

 

Stanford's Community Reading Project

In December 1860, the first serialized part of Dickens' Great Expectations hit the streets of London. Over the weeks that followed, fascinated readers throughout the English-speaking world read the novel as it was released week by week, performed it in family groups or read it on their own, and waited with legendary impatience for the next week's part.

In December 2002, the first serialized part of Dickens' Great Expectations hit the streets of Palo Alto. Over the weeks that followed, thousands reentered the world of serial publication and family reading circles.

Stanford was proud to share one of the fine holdings of its Special Collections, as well as to invite you to join in a community experience of an arrestingly modern piece of fiction that just happens to be 140 years old.

Sponsors include:

Office of the President
Stanford Continuing Studies
Stanford Alumni Association
Stanford University Libraries
University Communications
Stanford News Service
English Department
Drama Department
Palo Alto Weekly

     

 

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