Charles Dickens left behind a remarkably complete record of his literary output, including handwritten drafts for most of the major novels. The revisions allow us to see his first thoughts, changes of mind, and innumerable refinements of expression. As part of the “Deciphering Dickens” project led by the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, members of the public have been invited to help decipher as much of Dickens’s deleted and revised manuscript material as possible, to produce a powerful and lasting resource for readers, scholars and editors of his work. Join the “Deciphering Dickens” team and Morgan curator Philip Palmer on for an introduction to the project and virtual small group collaborative transcription sessions focused on Dickens’s A Christmas Carol.
Deciphering Dickens Workshop Leaders:
Philip Palmer, Robert H. Taylor Curator and Department Head, Literary and Historical Manuscripts, Morgan Library & Museum
Douglas Dodds, Senior Curator, Word and Image Department, Victoria & Albert Museum
John Bowen, Professor of Nineteenth-Century Literature, University of York
Emma Curry, Research Fellow, Victoria & Albert Museum Research Institute
Aine McNicholas, Research Fellow, Victoria & Albert Museum Research Institute
Please note that the program will take place online. After registering, participants will receive a confirmation email with instructions on how to participate using Zoom. We ask that you download the app in advance for the best user experience.