The Digital Dickens Notes Project (DDNP) is a digital initiative that seeks to transcribe, interpret, and explore the significance of the working notes Charles Dickens kept for most of his novels.1 Our online platform (dickensnotes.com) presents color transcriptions that display Dickens’s use of space, ink colors, and nontextual markings to capture his intricate use of these pages over the course of the many weeks or months he planned, composed, and published his novels serially. Pairing these transcriptions with comprehensive editorial annotations and critical introductions, the DDNP aims to shed new light on the temporal dynamics of these working notes as fascinating records of serial composition, and in the process to open new avenues and methodologies for analyzing Dickens’s works.

Scholars have long noticed and made critical use of these notes. The note for the first installment of David Copperfield (1849–50) is presented in John Forster’s 1872 biography of Dickens,...

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