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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

Hard Times

Hard Times

Author: Charles Dickens, Maria Cairney Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/06/2021

Exam board: AQA B, Edexcel, CXC Level & Subject: AS and A Level English Literature, CAPE Literature First teaching: September 2015 First examination: June 2017

Penguin Readers Level 5: David Copperfield (ELT Graded Reader)

Penguin Readers Level 5: David Copperfield (ELT Graded Reader)

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/05/2021

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. David Copperfield lives happily with his mother and his nurse, Peggotty. Then his mother marries Mr Murdstone, and he and his sister come to live with them. Suddenly everything changes . .

Bleak House

Bleak House

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/03/2021

Richard Carstone and Ada Clare are wards of the court in the interminable case of Jarndyce and Jarndyce, which has gone on for so long that it has become a subject of mirth in legal circles and a source of great profit to those professionally engaged in it. The pair fall in love and marry, but the weak and feckless Richard slowly comes under the spell of the promised riches of the legal dispute. Jarndyce and Jarndyce has also drawn in a diverse array of other characters, from baronets to crossing-sweepers, as well as one of the novel's narrators, the moralistic Esther Summerson. Yet, while the lawsuit drags ever onwards, greater mysteries unfold, including murder, blackmail and love. Dominated by the oppressive force of Chancery, and considered by many to be both Dickens' greatest work and the finest novel of the Victorian age, Bleak House is a dark, complex and intricately plotted mystery that culminates in one of the great chases of the detective genre.

Oliver Twist

Oliver Twist

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/03/2021

Great Expectations

Great Expectations

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/03/2021

Pictures from Italy

Pictures from Italy

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/02/2021

Macmillan Readers Our Mutual Friend Upper Intermediate Reader

Macmillan Readers Our Mutual Friend Upper Intermediate Reader

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/02/2021

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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 / softback Release Date: 28/02/2021

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A Christmas Carol: Annotation-Friendly Edition

A Christmas Carol: Annotation-Friendly Edition

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/02/2021

David Copperfield (Annotated)

David Copperfield (Annotated)

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

David Copperfield (Annotated)

David Copperfield (Annotated)

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/02/2021

Hard Times (Annotated)

Hard Times (Annotated)

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

Hard Times (Annotated)

Hard Times (Annotated)

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/02/2021

Somebody's Luggage

Somebody's Luggage

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/01/2021

Martin Chuzzlewit, Volume II (Esprios Classics)

Martin Chuzzlewit, Volume II (Esprios Classics)

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/01/2021

The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Esprios Classics)

The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Esprios Classics)

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/01/2021

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