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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

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

Charles Dickens Five Novels

Charles Dickens Five Novels

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

This is a collection of five of Dickens' best-known novels: Oliver Twist , A Christmas Carol , David Copperfield , Great Expectations and A Tale of Two Cities . This volume of fiction that truly captures the Victorian era will make an artful addition to any home library. Many readers know Victorian England through the writings of Charles Dickens. Not only did Dickens put a face to the era through his memorable characters, he also captured the spirit of his age in entertaining fiction spun from its social concerns and historical events. Prolific, energetic and committed to social change, no other novelist of the time did as much as Charles Dickens to rally his readers to action and no other writer at any time has created such an extraordinary collection of well-loved novels. This exquisitely designed leatherbound edition has distinctive gilt edging and an attractive silk-ribbon bookmark.

Bleak House

Bleak House

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/05/2020

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.

A Tale of Two Cities

A Tale of Two Cities

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

Penguin Readers Level 6: Oliver Twist

Penguin Readers Level 6: Oliver Twist

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

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? Penguin Readers is a series of popular classics, exciting contemporary fiction, and thought-provoking non-fiction written for learners of English as a foreign language. Beautifully illustrated and carefully adapted, the series introduces language learners around the world to the bestselling authors and most compelling content from Penguin Random House. The eight levels of Penguin Readers follow the Common European Framework and include language activitiesthat help readers to develop key skills.

Oliver Twist (Legend Classics)

Oliver Twist (Legend Classics)

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/04/2020

Oliver Twist

Oliver Twist

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/03/2020

Oliver Twist

Oliver Twist

Author: Charles Dickens, Eric Rowe Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/03/2020

London Vintage Minis

London Vintage Minis

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/03/2020

'Wealth and beggary, virtue and vice, repletion and the direst hunger, all treading on each other and crowding together' Is any writer as closely associated with London as Charles Dickens? Dickens knew the city inside out, restlessly walking the streets day and night, in all weathers, and drawing inspiration from everything he saw. The fog, the mud, the churning river, the clamour of church bells, and at every corner schemes of business or pleasure - this is Dickens's London in the company of some of his most memorable characters. Selected from the work of Charles Dickens VINTAGE MINIS: GREAT MINDS. BIG IDEAS. LITTLE BOOKS. A series of short books by the world's greatest writers on the experiences that make us human Also in the Vintage Minis series: Murder by Arthur Conan Doyle Power by William Shakespeare Independence by Charlotte Bronte

The Chimes & Hard Times

The Chimes & Hard Times

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/03/2020

Great Expectations & Barnaby Rudge

Great Expectations & Barnaby Rudge

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/03/2020

Great Expectations & Barnaby Rudge

Great Expectations & Barnaby Rudge

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/03/2020

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