Charles Dickens's own, marked up copy of A Christmas Carol. (Jen Carlson/Gothamist)

The New York Public Library has taken out some of their treasured holiday items and put them on display. The centerpiece is Charles Dickens's own copy of A Christmas Carol, which he used for public readings. His edits, voice instruction, and notes on audience reaction are in the margins.

In addition, their “A Writer's Christmas" exhibit (which is free) also includes:

  • A 1929 Christmas card from James Joyce to a friend.
  • A typed Christmas card from Jack Kerouac to his soon-to-be wife Stella, with a drawing.
  • A “season’s greetings” card signed by Maurice Sendak to Randall and Mary Jarrell.
  • Poetic Christmas greetings from Sean O’Casey and E. E. Cummings.
  • Books with Christmas themes by T. S. Eliot and Edmund Wilson.
  • Pen-and-ink drawings by Joseph Clayton Clark, a photograph of the “real” Tiny Tim, and porcelain figures connected to A Christmas Carol

These items are all from the Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature, and will be on display through January 8th in the Library’s McGraw Rotunda on the third floor. More details here.