2012 celebrates the 200th birthday of literary icon Charles Dickens. Multiple celebrations are being held worldwide and one of them will be at the New York Public Library. A special exhibition – “Charles Dickens: The Key to Character” opened on September 14th and will continue through January 27, 2013.
The exhibition includes illustrations from over 30 artists that have contributed projects to the exhibit, all pieces reflect Dickens writing. Paintings, drawings, watercolors and several pieces of authentic Dickens memorabilia will be on display
From the library press release: “The exhibition looks at characters across Dickens’s career, from beloved novels like A Tale of Two Cities, Oliver Twist, and David Copperfield to lesser-know works including Martin Chuzzlewit and Dombey and Son…Also on display: an 1867 pocket diary filled with the code Dickens used to communicate with his mistress, Ellen Ternan; a couture gown by Prabal Gurung, a contemporary fashion designer inspired by the decayed elegance of Great Expectations‘s Miss Havisham; and recordings from the special collections of The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.”