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Here in Lowell, we’ll give you the Dickens—the real Charles Dickens.
A portrait of Charles Dickens painted by Francis Alexander in 1842.
To commemorate Charles Dickens's historic trip to Lowell in 1842, UMass Lowell and its partners developed the Dickens in Lowell Project.
Building on the success of our 2012 bicentenary community events and award-winning public exhibition, we continue to explore Dickens’s life, work, and travels in America and connection to our city through digital projects, continued programming, and new research.
Did you miss our landmark exhibition? Saw it but want to view it again? Now you can in this on-line version of our landmark Dickens and Massachusetts exhibition, including special appearance by British Actress Miriam Margoyles reading her favorite passage from Dickens.
“If there were no bad people, there would be no good lawyers.”—Sketches by Boz
“Please, sir, I want some more.”
“Subdue your appetites, my dears, and you’ve conquered human nature.”
“Anything that makes a noise is satisfactory to a crowd.”—The Old Curiosity Shop
“Bah!” said Scrooge. “Humbug!”—A Christmas Carol
“He’d make a lovely corpse.”—Martin Chuzzlewit
“. . . vices are sometimes only virtues carried to excess!”—Dombey and Son
“Think! I’ve got enough to do, and little enough to get for it, without thinking.”—Bleak House
“The Circumlocution Office was (as everybody knows without being told) the most important Department under Government.”—Little Dorrit
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times . . .”—A Tale of Two Cities
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