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CHARLES DICKENS



The Dickens Game
The Dickens Game. Salem: Geo. S. Parker and Co., 1886.

The Dickens Game is a matching game similar in play to the game of Authors. The pack is divided into books of four cards each. The book E, "Bleak House", for example, consists of four cards, each card representing an interesting character in Charles Dickens' novel of that name.

The instruction booklet states that this is "A new social entertainment familiarizing characters in the novels of Charles Dickens."

Shown below are four of the sets of cards and a corresponding image from each title in the Lilly Library collection.



CHARLES DICKENS IN THE LILLY LIBRARY


Christmas Carol cards
"A Christmas Carol" cards from The Dickens Game. Salem: Geo. S. Parker and Co., 1886.

Rackham illustration
Charles Dickens, illustrated by Arthur Rackham. A Christmas Carol. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Co., 1915.

The air was filled with phantoms, wandering hither and thither in restless haste and moaning as they went.

Arthur Rackham, the "Beloved Enchanter", was one of the best known children's book illustrators. It was a difficult decision choosing between his artwork for Mother Goose, Alice in Wonderland, and A Christmas Carol, for this exhibition. The sepia tones of his watercolors and the scenes represented have been described as haunting, enchanting, menacing, and disturbing.


Nickleby cards
"Nicholas Nickleby" cards from The Dickens Game. Salem: Geo. S. Parker and Co., 1886.

Nicholas Nickleby
Charles Dickens. Illustrated by Phiz. The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby. London: Chapman and Hall, 1839.

Hablot Knight Browne, better known as Phiz, was an English artist and contemporary of Dickens. He ultimately illustrated ten Dickens novels, and is particularly famous for his realizations of Nicholas Nickleby and David Copperfield.


Pickwick cards
"The Pickwick Papers" cards from The Dickens Game. Salem: Geo. S. Parker and Co., 1886.

Pickwick Papers
Charles Dickens. Illustrated by R. Seymour and Phiz. The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club. London: Chapman and Hall, 1837.

This is the first bound issue of The Pickwick Papers, also illustrated by Phiz.


Oliver Twist cards
"Oliver Twist" cards from The Dickens Game. Salem: Geo. S. Parker and Co., 1886.

Oliver Twist
Charles Dickens. Illustrated by George Cruikshank. The Adventures of Oliver Twist. London: Bradbury and Evans, 1846.

George Cruikshank, an illustrator and caricaturist, was also famous for his artwork contributing to Dickens' novels.


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