July at the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Year of Dickens celebration is all about A Tale of Two Cities.

Tonight (Tuesday, July 10 at 7PM), as part of the Boz Bicentenary Speaker series, Sandra Sokowski will be linking Philadelphia with Dickens’ Tale:

“Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities:  Dr. Manette and the Prisoner at Eastern State Penitentiary.” Just in time for Bastille Day Dr. Sandra Sokowski of Rutgers University will discuss Charles Dickens’s tour of Eastern State Penitentiary during his 1842 visit to America and the influence that visit had on his writing of A Tale of Two Cities. This event will take place in the Elkins Room of the Rare Book Department, 3rd floor of Parkway Central Library.

In Dickens’ American Notes for General Circulation, his account of his first trip to America in 1842, though an entire chapter is devoted to his visit to Philadelphia, all but the first couple pages are about his experience at Eastern State Penitentiary.  Read it here.Dr Manette in The Bastille

The Boz Bicentenary Series is free and open to the public but registration is encouraged. Please visit http://boztwocities.eventbrite.com to obtain your free ticket.

And next week (Thursday, July 19 at 6:30PM), as part of the ongoing Dickens Literary Salon, we will be discussing A Tale of Two Cities.  So after you celebrate the storming of the Bastille this week, come join us and talk about Dickens’ recounting of love, duty and the French Revolution.  Register here.

Dr Manette in The Bastille