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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

Great Expectations

Great Expectations

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/03/1992

An unknown benefactor provides Philip Pirrip with the chance to escape his poor upbringing. Aspiring to be a gentleman, and encouraged by his expectations of wealth, he abandons his friends and moves to London. His expectations prove to be unfounded however, and he must return home penniless.

David Copperfield

David Copperfield

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/09/1991

In a book that is part fairy tale and part thinly veiled autobiography, Dickens transmutes his life experience into a brilliant series of comic and sentimental adventures in the spirit of the great eighteenth-century novelists he so much admired. Few readers can fail to be touched by David's fate, and fewer still to be delighted by his story. The cruel Murdstone, the feckless Micawber, the unctuous and sinister Uriah Heep, and David Copperfield himself, into whose portrait Dickens puts so much of his own early life, form a central part of our literary legacy. This edition reprints the original Everyman preface by G. K. Chesterton and includes thirty-nine illustrations by Phiz.

Bleak House

Bleak House

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/09/1991

The complex story of a notorious law-suit in which love and inheritance are set against the classic urban background of 19th-century London, where fog on the river, seeping into the very bones of the characters, symbolizes the corruption of the legal system and the society which supports it.

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/1991

Str;Great Expectations

Str;Great Expectations

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/05/1991

Tale Of Two Cities

Tale Of Two Cities

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/09/1990

David Copperfield

David Copperfield

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/11/1989

The editor has made necessary typographical corrections and carefully introduced and annotated the text for the student reader. Dickens' number plans for David Copperfield, which reveal his practice both as a serial writer and as a craftsman, are also included. Backgrounds focuses on Dickens' personal involvement with and response to the novel's publication. Included are passages from his letters relating to David Copperfield, an autobiographical fragment, his preface to the 1869 edition of the novel, and a relevant excerpt from Little Dorrit. Criticism is comprised of twelve essays by distinguished Dickensians representing a wide range of judgment and analysis. John Forster, Matthew Arnold, E. K. Brown, Gwendolyn B. Needham, Monroe Engel, J. Hillis Miller, Mark Spilka, Harry Stone, Bert G. Hornback, Garrett Stewart, Robert L. Patten, and Alexander Walsh provide a variety of perspectives. A Chronology of Dickens' Life and Works and a Selected Bibliography are also included.

The Pilgrim Edition of the Letters of Charles Dickens: Volume 6: 1850-1852

The Pilgrim Edition of the Letters of Charles Dickens: Volume 6: 1850-1852

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/06/1988

This volume presents 1,592 letters, 668 of them previously unpublished, for the years 1850 to 1852. This was a time of great activity for Dickens, who completed the serial publication of David Copperfield, began work on Bleak House, successfully established the weekly Household Words (in which his own serial A Child's History of England appeared), and wrote about 100 articles and stories for the journal, including many uncollected pieces. In April 1851 he and Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton founded the Guild of Literature and Art, a scheme to help writers and artists. He also suffered a number of personal blows: the deaths of his father, his baby daughter Dora, and two of his close friends, Richard Watson and Alfred D'Orsay; there was also anxiety over the illness of his wife Catherine.

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/1986

The Pickwick Papers

The Pickwick Papers

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/04/1986

On the Clarendon Dickens The Oxford University Press continues its outstanding contribution to Dickens scholarship....This is a far more sophisticated scholarly edition of Dickens than has ever been attempted. --Times Literary Supplement. The Pickwick Papers, seventh novel in The Clarendon Dickens, joins the heralded series on the 150th anniversary of its first publication. Originally planned as a monthly column, the papers of the Pickwick Club quickly outgrew their origins to become a brilliantly comic novel whose hilarity did not preclude penetrating satire on the state of pre-Victorian London. James Kinsley's introduction charts the novel's development and reveals new sources and influences on the work.

Tale Of Two Cities

Tale Of Two Cities

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/1984

Martin Chuzzlewit

Martin Chuzzlewit

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/12/1982

This edition of one of Dickens's earlier novels is based on the accurate Clarendon edition of the text and includes the prefaces to the 1850 and 1867 editions and Dickens's Number Plans.

Str;Oliver Twist

Str;Oliver Twist

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/12/1982

Str;Nicholas Nickleby

Str;Nicholas Nickleby

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/12/1982

The Pilgrim Edition of the Letters of Charles Dickens: Volume 1. 1820-1839

The Pilgrim Edition of the Letters of Charles Dickens: Volume 1. 1820-1839

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/08/1982

The widely acclaimed Pilgrim edition of The Letters of Charles Dickens has contributed vastly to our knowledge of Dickens's life, personality, friendships, and preoccupations. The complete 12-volume set is now available at a specially reduced price.

Great Expectations

Great Expectations

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/1982

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