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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.

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Other books by Charles Dickens

Oliver Twist

Oliver Twist

Author: Charles Dickens, Lesley Gray Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/09/2020

Exam board: AQA B, Cambridge Assessment International Education Level & Subject: AS and A Level English Literature First teaching: September 2015 First examination: June 2017, June 2021 This edition of Oliver Twist provides depth and context for A Level students, with the complete novel in an easy to read format, and a detailed introduction and bespoke glossary written by an experienced A Level teacher with academic expertise in the area. * Affordable high quality complete text of Charles Dickens Oliver Twist * Perfectly pitched introductions provide the depth and demand required by AS and A Level English * Explore the contemporary context, Charles Dickens' writing, the novel's critical reception and subsequent interpretations for a deeper reading of the text * Expand your further reading with a list of key articles and critical and theoretical texts * Improve your understanding of the novel with unfamiliar concepts and culturally-specific terms defined in the glossary

Pictures from Italy

Pictures from Italy

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/07/2020

Essential Student Texts: A Christmas Carol

Essential Student Texts: A Christmas Carol

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/06/2020

It's Christmas Eve and bad-tempered miser Ebeneezer Scrooge is in his counting-house, refusing offers to join in the festive merriment and instead forcing his long-suffering clerk, Bob Cratchit, to work in freezing conditions. A visitation from the chain-bound ghost of his dead colleague, Jacob Marley, warns him that he will soon be visited by three spirits. The events of the night are set to show Scrooge who he really is: but will this be enough to move his stubborn soul? This Essential Student Texts edition of Dickens's classic tale comes with accessible and informative notes.

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/06/2020

Great Expectations

Great Expectations

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/06/2020

Oliver Twist (Legend Classics)

Oliver Twist (Legend Classics)

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/05/2020

Sketches by Boz

Sketches by Boz

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/05/2020

The Old Curiosity Shop

The Old Curiosity Shop

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/05/2020

Little Nell Trent's childhood is over. Her grandfather's mind is failing, his dark secret saddens and distracts him, and he has nobody to care for him but Nell. The grotesque Daniel Quilp is causing trouble. What plans does he hatch with Sampson and Sally Brass? What use can he make of the foolish Dick Swiveller? Is Nell's friend Kit a match for Quilp's villainous mind? Nell and her grandfather must disappear or be separated, so they begin their lives as beggars. When a mysterious gentleman arrives in London, determined to track them down, it because a race against time and against Quilp. Can little Nell keep her grandfather safe? Who will protect her? Will the mysterious man find them before it's too late?

A Tale of Two Cities

A Tale of Two Cities

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/05/2020

Great Expectations, Barnaby Rudge & Oliver Twist

Great Expectations, Barnaby Rudge & Oliver Twist

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/05/2020

Great Expectations, Barnaby Rudge & Oliver Twist

Great Expectations, Barnaby Rudge & Oliver Twist

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/05/2020

Oliver Twist

Oliver Twist

Author: Charles Dickens, Eric Rowe Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/05/2020

Penguin Readers Level 6: Oliver Twist (ELT Graded Reader)

Penguin Readers Level 6: Oliver Twist (ELT Graded Reader)

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/05/2020

Penguin Readers is an ELT graded reader series for learners of English as a foreign language. With carefully adapted text, new illustrations and language learning exercises, the print edition also includes instructions to access supporting material online. Titles include popular classics, exciting contemporary fiction, and thought-provoking non-fiction, introducing language learners to bestselling authors and compelling content. The eight levels of Penguin Readers follow the Common European Framework of Reference for language learning (CEFR). Exercises at the back of each Reader help language learners to practise grammar, vocabulary, and key exam skills. Before, during and after-reading questions test readers' story comprehension and develop vocabulary. Visit the Penguin Readers website Exclusively with the print edition, readers can unlock online resources including a digital book, audio edition, lesson plans and answer keys. Oliver Twist's parents are dead and he grows up in the workhouse, where life is very hard. One day Oliver runs away to London. There, he enters a life of crime with the old man Fagin, the Artful Dodger, frightening Bill Sykes and kind-hearted Nancy. How will Oliver live in this dangerous world?

The Old Curiosity Shop (King's Classics)

The Old Curiosity Shop (King's Classics)

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/05/2020

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