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Charles Dickens - Author

About the Author

Charles Dickens was born in Landport, Hampshire, during the new industrial age, which gave birth to theories of Karl Marx. Dickens's father was a clerk in the navy pay office. He was well paid but often ended in financial troubles. In 1814 Dickens moved to London, and then to Chatham, where he received some education. The schoolmaster William Giles gave special attention to Dickens, who made rapid progress. In 1824, at the age of 12, Dickens was sent to work for some months at a blacking factory, Hungerford Market, London, while his father John was in Marshalea debtor's prison. "My father and mother were quite satisfied," Dickens later recalled bitterly. "They could hardly have been more so, if I had been twenty years of age, distinguished at a grammar-school, and going to Cambridge." Later this period found its way to the novel LITTLE DORRITT (1855-57). John Dickens paid his £40 debt with the money he inherited from his mother; she died at the age of seventy-nine when he was still in prison.

Featured books by Charles Dickens

Sketches of Young Gentlemen and Young Couples With Sketches of Young Ladies by Edward Caswall

Sketches of Young Gentlemen and Young Couples With Sketches of Young Ladies by Edward Caswall

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/11/2011

Following the phenomenal popularity of Sketches by Boz and The Pickwick Papers, Dickens produced two short volumes of Sketches of Young Gentlemen and Young Couples, in response to the appearance of Sketches of Young Ladies by 'Quiz'. Each volume purports to dissect the characteristics of familiar types such as 'The Bashful Young Gentleman', 'The Literary Young Lady', and 'The Couple who Coddle themselves'. Whimsical, satirical, witty and exuberant, the sketches ridicule the behaviour of their subjects with perfect comic effect, rendering Mr Whiffler, Mrs Chopper and their companions instantly recognizable. They offer intriguing glimpses of courtship rituals and relations between the sexes at the outset of the Victorian era, and fascinating evidence of a writer learning his craft and refining his style. This edition includes the original illustrations by Phiz, and an introduction that examines the appeal of the sketch, a literary genre in which Dickens excelled throughout his career.

eBooks of the Month
David Copperfield - Compact Editions

David Copperfield - Compact Editions

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/05/2007

David Copperfield runs away from home to stay with his Aunt Betsey and turn his life around, which he does, while facing many challenges along the way. In this Compact Edition cuts have been made to overlong passages of description and dialogue and some scenes or incidents with minor characters have been reduced but all the memorable eccentrics have been kept. Visit our '50 Classics Everyone Should Read' collection to discover more classic titles.

eBooks of the Month
Great Expectations

Great Expectations

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/02/2021

A terrifying encounter with an escaped convict in a graveyard on the wild Kent marshes; a summons to meet the bitter, decaying Miss Havisham and her beautiful, cold-hearted ward Estella; the sudden generosity of a mysterious benefactor – these form a series of events that change the orphaned Pip’s life forever, and he eagerly abandons his humble origins to begin a new life as a gentleman. Dickens’s haunting late novel depicts Pip’s education and development through adversity as he discovers the true nature of his ‘great expectations’.  

eBooks of the Month
A Child's History Of England

A Child's History Of England

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/07/2008

This is a captivating history of England for children from one of the best-loved novelists of all time. Written just after David Copperfield, at the same time as "Bleak House", and in the engaging and conversational style typical of his most celebrated fiction, Dickens' "History of England for Children" is an undiscovered treasure trove of a book. This carefully selected, lightly abridged version shows traditional storytelling at its best. Dickens' lovable theatricality, witty observations and compelling narrative give children access to one of England's greatest writers, and to some of the most powerful stories from its past. For adults, it offers an engaging reminder of the English history we ought to know: who was Hereward the Wake, how was it that Thomas a Becket was murdered in Canterbury Cathedral, and was Canute really trying to stop the tide? Interesting, informative and accessible, "A Child's History of England" takes its reader on a fascinating journey, from Ancient England and the Romans to Victoria's reign and Dickens' own lifetime.

Oliver Twist

Oliver Twist

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Paperback Release Date: 16/08/2011

The classic story of a young boy who seeks his fortune on the streets of London. After Oliver Twist asks nasty Mr Bumble for more food, he has to flee the workhouse for the streets of London. Here he meets the Artful Dodger, who leads him to Fagin and his gang of pickpockets. When a thieving mission goes wrong, Oliver narrowly avoids prison and finds himself in the care of kind Mr Brownlow. But Fagin and the brutal Bill Sikes go in search of the young orphan, determined to drag him back...With an inspirational and light-hearted introduction by Garth Nix, Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens is one of the twelve wonderful classic stories being relaunched in Puffin Classics in March 2008.

eBooks of the Month
A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/12/2020

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

eBooks of the Month
A Tale of Two Cities

A Tale of Two Cities

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/09/2021

A 2012 World Book Night selection. After eighteen years as a political prisoner in the Bastille the aging Dr Manette is finally released and reunited with his daughter in England. There two very different men, Charles Darnay, an exiled French aristocrat, and Sydney Carton, a disreputable but brilliant English lawyer, become enmeshed through their love for Lucie Manette. From the tranquil lanes of London, they are all drawn against their will to the vengeful, bloodstained streets of Paris at the height of the Reign of Terror and soon fall under the lethal shadow of La Guillotine.

eBooks of the Month

Other books by Charles Dickens

Christmas Carol & Other Christmas Tales, A

Christmas Carol & Other Christmas Tales, A

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/10/2021

Christmas Carol & Other Christmas Tales, A by Charles Dickens

The Classic Charles Dickens Collection

The Classic Charles Dickens Collection

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 01/07/2021

The Classic Charles Dickens Collection by Charles Dickens

Macmillan Readers Our Mutual Friend Upper Intermediate Reader

Macmillan Readers Our Mutual Friend Upper Intermediate Reader

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/06/2021

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Macmillan Readers Tale of Two Cities A Beginner Without CD

Macmillan Readers Tale of Two Cities A Beginner Without CD

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/06/2021

Macmillan Readers Tale of Two Cities A Beginner Without CD by Charles Dickens

The Haunted House (Illustrated edition)

The Haunted House (Illustrated edition)

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Paperback Release Date: 29/05/2021

The Haunted House (Illustrated edition) by Charles Dickens

The Battle of Life (Illustrated edition)

The Battle of Life (Illustrated edition)

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Paperback Release Date: 29/05/2021

The Battle of Life (Illustrated edition) by Charles Dickens

The Cricket on the Hearth (Illustrated edition)

The Cricket on the Hearth (Illustrated edition)

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Paperback Release Date: 29/05/2021

The Cricket on the Hearth (Illustrated edition) by Charles Dickens

The Trial for Murder( Illustrated edition)

The Trial for Murder( Illustrated edition)

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Paperback Release Date: 29/05/2021

The Trial for Murder( Illustrated edition) by Charles Dickens

The Signal-Man( Illustrated edition)

The Signal-Man( Illustrated edition)

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Paperback Release Date: 29/05/2021

The Signal-Man( Illustrated edition) by Charles Dickens

The Cricket on the Hearth Illustrated

The Cricket on the Hearth Illustrated

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/05/2021

The Cricket on the Hearth Illustrated by Charles Dickens

The Haunted House Annotated

The Haunted House Annotated

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/05/2021

The Haunted House Annotated by Charles Dickens

The Schoolboy's Story (Illustrated edition)

The Schoolboy's Story (Illustrated edition)

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/05/2021

The Schoolboy's Story (Illustrated edition) by Charles Dickens

The Magic Fishbone (Illustrated edition)

The Magic Fishbone (Illustrated edition)

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/05/2021

The Magic Fishbone (Illustrated edition) by Charles Dickens

Oliver Twist (Illustrated edition)

Oliver Twist (Illustrated edition)

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/05/2021

Oliver Twist (Illustrated edition) by Charles Dickens

A Christmas Carol in Prose; Being a Ghost Story of Christmas

A Christmas Carol in Prose; Being a Ghost Story of Christmas

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/05/2021

A Christmas Carol in Prose; Being a Ghost Story of Christmas by Charles Dickens

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/05/2021

This classic seasonal tale of self-discovery has become one of Charles Dickens's most famous and best-loved works. This timeless Charles Dickens classic has been a family favourite ever since it was first published in 1843. It is retold here in abridged form to allow confident young readers to enjoy it. It is also perfect for reading aloud. As a bedtime story, Dickens's uplifting, magical tale of Christmas spirits transforming the life of the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge is wonderfully illustrated by award-winning artist Robert Ingpen. A beautiful gift edition, abridged for younger readers.

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