Dickens & Serial Fiction

The Novels Online

Project Team


WPI Archives & Special Collections

George C. Gordon Library


Project Boz is an initiative by the George C. Gordon Library of Worcester Polytechnic Institute to digitize all of Charles Dickens's novels in their original serial form. Each of Dickens's novels, including roughly 12,000 pages of text, original advertisements, and illustrations, will be scanned: Pickwick Papers, Oliver Twist, Nicholas Nickleby, The Old Curiosity Shop, Barnaby Rudge, Martin Chuzzlewit, Dombey & Son, David Copperfield, Bleak House, Hard Times, Little Dorrit, A Tale of Two Cities, Great Expectations, Our Mutual Friend, and The Mystery of Edwin Drood.

Project Boz ("Boz" was Dickens's early pen name) seeks to promote a greater appreciation for Dickens by offering an online means for researchers and the general public to read, experience, and study Dickens’s works in their original 19th-century form. The project is part of the Dickens 2012 Bicentenary initiative, a planned international celebration of Charles Dickens's 200th birthday. To realize these goals, WPI’s Gordon Library is collaborating with the Charles Dickens Museum of London, University of Massachusetts/Lowell, and the Worcester branch of the Dickens Fellowship.

Project Boz was made possible by a Library Service Technology Act grant from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

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