The Digital Dickens Notes Project (DDNP) is transcribing and exploring Charles Dickens’s Working Notes, pages on which the author recorded ideas, plans, and memoranda while he was writing. Our transcriptions will display Dickens’s notes with their use of color, space, and non-textual markings, alongside comprehensive editorial annotations, to allow scholars and students insight into Dickens’s serial composition. The project will reveal how Dickens’s novels developed by showcasing the Notes as laboratories of experimentation rather than mere blueprints. 

The DDNP Team

This project is directed by Anna Gibson (North Carolina State University, English) and Adam Grener (Victoria University of Wellington, NZ, English). Technical lead for the project is Scott Bailey. The project team also includes Niqui O’Neill, Frankie Goodenough, and Isabel Parker.

Funding and support for this project have been generous provided by Victoria University of Wellington; North Carolina State University Department of English; the Wimmer Family Foundation; Duquesne University’s NEH Endowment Fund; the Duke Ph.D. Lab; and NINES. We are grateful for collaboration with the Pierpont Morgan Library and the National Art Library at the Victoria & Albert Museum. 

For more information about this project, please contact us at dickens notes at gmail dot com.

Coming Soon!

V1 of the DDNP will be released in December 2022!

V1 will include transcriptions and annotations of Dickens’s working notes to Bleak House, followed shortly after by those for David Copperfield. Look for the working notes for Little Dorrit and Hard Times in Spring 2023.