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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

Dickens on Railways

Dickens on Railways

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/08/2020

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...

Oliver Twist

Oliver Twist

Author: Charles Dickens, Eric Rowe Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/08/2020

The Old Curiosity Shop

The Old Curiosity Shop

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/07/2020

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

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/07/2020

Contributions to All the Year Round (Esprios Classics)

Contributions to All the Year Round (Esprios Classics)

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

The Cricket on the Hearth (Esprios Classics)

The Cricket on the Hearth (Esprios Classics)

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2020

The Seven Poor Travellers

The Seven Poor Travellers

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/06/2020

Doctor Marigold (Esprios Classics)

Doctor Marigold (Esprios Classics)

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2020

Essential Student Texts: A Christmas Carol

Essential Student Texts: A Christmas Carol

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2020

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.

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

A Christmas Carol (Esprios Classics)

A Christmas Carol (Esprios Classics)

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/05/2020

David Copperfield, Volume II (Esprios Classics)

David Copperfield, Volume II (Esprios Classics)

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/05/2020

Bleak House, Volume II (Esprios Classics)

Bleak House, Volume II (Esprios Classics)

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/05/2020

David Copperfield, Volume I (Esprios Classics)

David Copperfield, Volume I (Esprios Classics)

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/05/2020

The Chimes (Esprios Classics)

The Chimes (Esprios Classics)

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/05/2020

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