Scope and Content
Title: Playbills Relating to Charles Dickens,
Date (inclusive): ca. 1835-1875
Collection number: 633
1 box (0.5 linear ft.)
University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Abstract: Charles Dickens (1812-1870) was born at Portsea, near Portsmouth, England. He was originally a journalist, but also wrote
fictional sketches of London life and novels. He held private theatrical events at his London home as well. The collection
consists of 19th century English playbills for plays written by Dickens or adapted from novels by Dickens, as well as 9 plays
in which Dickens appeared as an actor.
Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department
of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
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[Identification of item], Playbills Relating to Charles Dickens (Collection 633). Department of Special Collections, Charles
E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.
Charles Dickens was born on February 7, 1812 at Portsea, near Portsmouth, England; moved with his parents to Chatham and then
London; attended Wellington House Academy, and at 15 became an office boy in the Holborn law firm of Ellis and Blackmore;
went into journalism, becoming by 1832 a general reporter for the
True Sun and parliamentary reporter for the
Mirror of Parliament; began to write fictional sketches of London life for magazines, leading to the publication of
Sketches by Boz (1836); became a novelist with Pickwick papers, serialized in 1836-37; held private theatrical events at his London home,
and between 1847-57 the amateur company that he formed appeared in public more then 60 times; other published works include
Oliver Twist (1837-39),
Dombey and Son (1846-48),
David Copperfield (1849-50),
Bleak House (1952-53),
A Tale of Two Cities (1859), and
Great Expectations; he died at Gad's Hill on June 9, 1870.
Scope and Content
Collection consists of 19th century English playbills for plays written by Dickens or adapted from novels by Dickens, as well
as 9 plays in which Dickens appeared as an actor. Most of these were removed from
The Extra-Illustrated Life of Charles Dickens, by John Forster (London, Chapman and Hall, 1872-74: Collection 170/404). Titles include
Battle of Life,
A Christmas Carol,
Cricket on the Hearth,
Dombey and Son,
The Haunted Man,
Is She His Wife?,
Master Humphrey's Clock,
Mrs. Gamp's Tea and Turnout,
Old Curiosity Shop,
Our Mutual Friend,
Seven Poor Travelers,
The Strange Gentleman,
A Tale of Two Cities, and
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870.
Authors, English--19th century.
The Life of Charles Dickens by John Foster, London, Chapman and Hall, 1872-74: (Collection 170/404). Available at Department of Special Collections,