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.
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