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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 Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/01/2021

A set of 6 much-loved stories from classic English literature for children, brought together by Puffin Classics in beautiful paperback cover designs. 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 . . . In the same collection: PETER PAN THE GREAT ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND FIVE CHILDREN AND IT GULLIVER'S TRAVELS

Bleak House

Bleak House

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/12/2020

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.

The Oxford Edition of Charles Dickens: Sketches by Boz

The Oxford Edition of Charles Dickens: Sketches by Boz

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/11/2020

Sketches by Boz, the first volume of the new Oxford Dickens, was also the title of Dickens's first book. It is a collection of sixty pieces, mostly humorous although there is nothing funny about 'A Visit to Newgate', which first appeared as contributions to magazines and newspapers in the mid 1830s. They are distinguished by his sharp and often satirical observation of social situations and London characters; but, with one exception, they are works of fiction. Fourteen can be described as short stories, but most are sketches presented to us as reportage. They show why Dickens was recognised as a brilliant new talent from the outset of his career. In the absence of any manuscripts, the text of each piece (with one exception) is based upon the first published version. They offer Dickens as he appeared to his very first readers in the mid 1830s, and as he has not been seen since. Dickens edited later editions, cutting contemporary references, oaths and sexual innuendo. The consequence of reading Dickens as he was is startling, for these pieces both offer a direct reflection of the social scene in London of the period, and have a raciness which Dickens excised from later printings. This work rediscovers the young Dickens.

Dickens at Christmas

Dickens at Christmas

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/11/2020

A selection of the best of Dickens' Christmas stories and writings, in one beautiful edition. It is said that Charles Dickens invented Christmas, and within these pages you'll certainly find all the elements of a quintessential traditional Christmas brought to vivid life: snowy rooftops, gleaming shop windows, steaming bowls of punch, plum puddings like speckled cannon balls, sage and onion stuffing, miracles, magic, charity and goodwill. This beautifully produced Vintage Classics edition gathers together not only Dickens' Christmas Books ('A Christmas Carol', 'The Chimes', 'The Battle of Life', 'The Cricket on the Hearth' and 'The Haunted Man') but also stories that Dickens wrote for the special seasonal editions of his periodicals All the Year Round and Household Words, and a festive tale from The Pickwick Papers. A must-have for Christmas, this edition should be as necessary to your festivities as holly, mistletoe and silver bells.

Penguin Readers Level 6: Great Expectations (ELT Graded Reader)

Penguin Readers Level 6: Great Expectations (ELT Graded Reader)

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/11/2020

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. When the orphan Pip is taken to the house of Miss Havisham, he meets and falls in love with Estella. Estella is beautiful but cold and Pip decides that he will become rich so that he can marry her. Later he learns that somebody has given him a lot of money, but Pip does not know who this person is.

Oliver Twist

Oliver Twist

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/10/2020

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/10/2020

Includes QR codes to the free audiobooks Engaging illustrations throughout that bring the stories to life Adapted to help readers enjoy and learn the classic story before approaching the original texts Series includes family favourites including Oliver Twist and A Christmas Carol An easy-to-read format to bring the works of Charles Dickens to a whole new generation

Dickens on Railways

Dickens on Railways

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/10/2020

In the mid-nineteenth century, the great age of railway building, Charles Dickens could not but be aware of their transformative impact on society. So he wrote about it - to a remarkable extent. He wrote a classic ghost story, 'The Signalman'; in Dombey and Son about what is now the West Coast Main Line being carved through north London in great ravines. He wrote satirical pieces about railway catering - even back then; about the wonder of express train travel to the Channel ports; travel pieces about exploring America by train - and about being personally involved in the notorious Staplehurst train crash in Kent. Now, in the year of Dickens' 150th anniversary, Tony Williams, a distinguished Dickens scholar, collects all these railway writings into a handsome little volume ideal for a long train journey...

The Gospel in Dickens

The Gospel in Dickens

Author: Charles Dickens, Karen Swallow Prior Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/10/2020

Wish you had time to re-read and enjoy that daunting stack of Charles Dickens novels? Take heart: Dickens enthusiast Gina Dalfonzo has done the heavy lifting for you. In short, readable excerpts she presents the essence of the great novelist's prodigious output, teasing out dozens of the most memorable scenes to reveal the Christian vision and values that suffuse all his work. Dickens can certainly entertain, but his legacy endures because of his power to stir consciences with the humanity of his characters and their predicaments. While he could be ruthless in his characterization of greed, injustice, and religious hypocrisy, again and again the hope of redemption shines through. In spite of - or perhaps because of - his own failings, Dickens never stopped exploring the themes of sin, guilt, repentance, redemption, and restoration found in the gospel. In some passages the Christian elements are explicit, in others implicit, but, as Dickens himself said, they all reflect his understanding of and reverence for the gospel. The Gospel in Dickens includes selections from Oliver Twist, David Copperfield, A Tale of Two Cities, Great Expectations, A Christmas Carol, Nicholas Nickleby, The Old Curiosity Shop, Martin Chuzzlewit, Dombey and Son, Bleak House, Hard Times, Little Dorrit, Our Mutual Friend, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, and Sketches by Boz - with a cast of unforgettable characters such as Ebenezer Scrooge, Sydney Carton, Jenny Wren, Fagin, Pip, Joe Gargery, Mr. Bumble, Miss Havisham, Betsey Trotwood, and Madame Defarge.

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/10/2020

Little Dorrit

Little Dorrit

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2020

Includes QR codes to the free audiobooks Engaging illustrations throughout that bring the stories to life Adapted to help readers enjoy and learn the classic story before approaching the original texts Series includes family favourites including Oliver Twist and A Christmas Carol An easy-to-read format to bring the works of Charles Dickens to a whole new generation

The Old Curiosity Shop

The Old Curiosity Shop

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2020

Includes QR codes to the free audiobooks Engaging illustrations throughout that bring the stories to life Adapted to help readers enjoy and learn the classic story before approaching the original texts Series includes family favourites including Oliver Twist and A Christmas Carol An easy-to-read format to bring the works of Charles Dickens to a whole new generation

Great Expectations

Great Expectations

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2020

Includes QR codes to the free audiobooks Engaging illustrations throughout that bring the stories to life Adapted to help readers enjoy and learn the classic story before approaching the original texts Series includes family favourites including Oliver Twist and A Christmas Carol An easy-to-read format to bring the works of Charles Dickens to a whole new generation

The Charles Dickens Children's Collection

The Charles Dickens Children's Collection

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 01/10/2020

Includes QR codes to the free audiobooks Engaging illustrations throughout that bring the stories to life Adapted to help readers enjoy and learn the classic story before approaching the original texts Series includes family favourites including Oliver Twist and A Christmas Carol An easy-to-read format to bring the works of Charles Dickens to a whole new generation

Bleak House

Bleak House

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2020

Includes QR codes to the free audiobooks Engaging illustrations throughout that bring the stories to life Adapted to help readers enjoy and learn the classic story before approaching the original texts Series includes family favourites including Oliver Twist and A Christmas Carol An easy-to-read format to bring the works of Charles Dickens to a whole new generation

David Copperfield

David Copperfield

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2020

Includes QR codes to the free audiobooks Engaging illustrations throughout that bring the stories to lifeAdapted to help readers enjoy and learn the classic story before approaching the original texts Series includes family favourites including Oliver Twist and A Christmas CarolAn easy-to-read format to bring the works of Charles Dickens to a whole new generation

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