Thursday, December 18, 2008

What a Dickens!

As Public Radio International reports in "Putting Dickens Online" in an interview with Professor Joel Brattin, archivists are hoping to give online readers a sense of how the works of Charles Dickens originally appeared in the form of serial publication to reach mass audiences in which costs of readership were lowered to the micropayment level by offering cheap one-shilling portions of the book that were also capitalized with advertisements.

As a document of the popular culture of literacy of the nineteenth century, visitors can check out Dicken's last work of fiction, The Mystery of Edwin Drood from the Robert D. Fellman Dickens Collection at Wooster Polytechnic Institute to get a sense of the snackability of this earlier reading experience.

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Blogger bob c said...

On an episode of Bonanza Dickens is brought to Virginia City for recital of his new work. When the author gets there he begins recieving questions about the work though it hasn't been published yet. A trial ensues over copywright protections and money. Seems though the delivery of things may change, maxamizing the monatary value of the smallest distributable piece of something trumps it's value to civilization as a whole. It would be a shame to see knowledge flow as it always has, encumbered by purse strings. All for one and one for all. I know, I must be MAD or DREAMING!

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