Dickens in the Family

Part of Dickens’s success was his reputation as a source of wholesome entertainment for the entire family—his works were, in part, intended for reading aloud at the fireside. The extent of this success is evident in the many toys, amusements, and ancillary products for children and families which feature scenes and characters from his works. Within The Charles Dickens Album, probably dating from the 1880s, a family could preserve photographs of its members alongside beloved characters and scenes from their favorite Dickens works. 

Charles Dickens: 200 Years of Commerce and Controversy

Rare Book Room Hallway Gallery

Rubenstein Library

Duke University, Durham, NC

On display February 1-April 1, 2012