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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.

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Featured Books, with extracts, by Charles Dickens

Sketches of Young Gentlemen and Young Couples With Sketches of Young Ladies by Edward Caswall by Charles Dickens
Sketches of Young Gentlemen and Young Couples With Sketches of Young Ladies by Edward Caswall
Charles Dickens
Sue Baker's view... A very handsome hardback revealing some of Charles Dickens’ early humorous writings, based on Edward Caswall’s little known Sketches of Young Ladies. The mid-Victorian equivalent of our current Sunday supplement columns, these are short pieces skewering...
Format: Hardback - Released: 10/11/2011
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
A Christmas Carol
Charles Dickens
This edition of The Christmas Carol is one of a range of marvellous comic books created in the '50s and '60s now with artwork re-coloured and covers digitally enhanced for a new generation. Perfect bound at a terrifically good value...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/12/2009
Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
Oliver Twist
Charles Dickens
The twists (excuse the pun) and turns of Oliver's life make this a totally engrossing read. The book includes some of the most memorable characters from literature, grotesque and fascinating and thoroughly enjoyable. January 2010 Guest Editor Diana...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/02/2008
A Child's History Of England by Charles Dickens
A Child's History Of England
Charles Dickens
History is boring? Well think again. This piece of history and literature by Charles Dickens provides a fast-paced, relevant, exciting history with witty observations and compelling narrative, which will capture a child’s (and parents) imagination. It’s an absolutely fascinating treasure...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/10/2007
David Copperfield - Compact Editions by Charles Dickens
David Copperfield - Compact Editions
Charles Dickens
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...
Format: Paperback (b Format) - Released: 03/05/2007
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
A Tale of Two Cities
Charles Dickens
August 2014 Guest Editor Gerald Seymour on A Tale of Two Cities... The most important book to me, the greatest influence on my own writing, has to be ‘Tale of Two Cities’. It is a classic novel and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/01/2003
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Great Expectations
Charles Dickens
One of Sir Trevor McDonald's favourite books. This definitive edition uses the text from the first published edition of 1861. It includes a map of Kent in the early nineteenth century, and appendices on Dickens’s original ending and his working...
Format: Paperback (b Format) - Released: 30/11/2002

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