Philadelphia celebrates Dickens' 200th birthday

A birthday cake it cut to celebrate the 200th birthday of Charles Dickens Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012 in Philadelphia. The Philadelphia public library and Friends of Clark Park are among numerous groups worldwide celebrating the novelist's 200th birthday. He was born in Portsmouth, England, on Feb. 7, 1812. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

February 5, 2012 5:26:52 PM PST
Past the glass case containing sketches for his novel "Oliver Twist," beyond the handwritten letter to his publisher about Little Nell, and away from the first published installments of "Hard Times" sits Charles Dickens' pet bird.