Happy Bozday

On Tuesday, February 7, 2012, the Mercantile Library will join the rest of the right-minded reading world in celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of the brilliant –  and we don’t use that word lightly – novelist, essayist, social reformer, bad husband, and nineteenth century celebrity Charles Dickens.

Stacked readers – both of you – are invited to elevate yourselves to the 11th @ 414 to join the not un-Dickensian staff in a birthday celebration that will run all day.  There will be cake and punch, and on the Library’s panoramic wide screen there will be projected four Dickens film adaptations, interspersed with the somewhat odd Cincinnati episode of Dickens in America, a series that didn’t make it past the gatekeepers at PBS.

Revelers may also gawk at the Library’s first serial editions of Dombey & Son and Our Mutual Friend which have been parked in the Wellinghoff display case, and at Henry Dexter’s three-dimensional portrait of the Great man, sculpted during the 1842 tour when the author was 29.

Before arriving, you might want to practice talking in long sentences with multiple clauses.  It’s fun and not really hard, and it will add greatly to the atmosphere.

-Nemo Wolfe

Published in: on February 2, 2012 at 1:33 pm  Comments (4)  

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  1. Hoping to bring some home-made ginger-beer (non-alcoholic) too, a not altogether un-Dickensian beverage.

  2. Don’t you wish we still had all that coal dust lurking in every corner and
    crevice of the library. It was a nice Dickensian touch.

  3. Coal dust still lurks in the steel folio case in the cage. It will be available for the Bozday event.

  4. Lisa Yunker and I will be there in the afternoon!

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