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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

Hard Times

Hard Times

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/1981

The Life of Our Lord

The Life of Our Lord

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/1981

This, the last work of Charles Dickens to be published, is a beautiful retelling of the Gospel account of Jesus. Originally handwritten by Dickens for his own children, this inspiring account was created in order that they might know more of the story Dickens called the best that ever was or will be known in the world.

David Copperfield

David Copperfield

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/03/1980

The Pilgrim Edition of the Letters of Charles Dickens: Volume 5. 1847-1849

The Pilgrim Edition of the Letters of Charles Dickens: Volume 5. 1847-1849

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/03/1980

The book has no illustrations or index. Purchasers are entitled to a free trial membership in the General Books Club where they can select from more than a million books without charge. Subjects: Literary Criticism / General; Literary Criticism / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh; Fiction / Classics;

Little Dorrit

Little Dorrit

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/10/1979

Bleak House

Bleak House

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/1977

Study of the genesis of the novel is facilitated by the reproduction of Dickens' working plans and, for the first time, by some thousands of meticulous textual notes. Backgrounds offers all of Dickens' correspondence about Bleak House as well as contextual materials that document the Victorian controversy over pollution, a theme central to the novel, and present contemporary attitudes toward the government, the courts, and the police, to enhance the setting of the story. Also featured are several hundred annotations which fully elucidate for today's readers the allusions and topical references in this remarkably allusive Victorian masterpiece. Especially helpful is a clear exposition of the nature of law procedures in the Court of Chancery, which is crucial to an understanding of the central action of the story. Critical essays reprinted here include interpretations by G. K. Chesterton, J. Hillis Miller, George Ford, A. O. J. Cockshut, W. J. Harvey, H. M. Daleski, and Ian Ousby.

The Pilgrim Edition of the Letters of Charles Dickens: Volume 4. 1844-1846

The Pilgrim Edition of the Letters of Charles Dickens: Volume 4. 1844-1846

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/03/1977

The book has no illustrations or index. Purchasers are entitled to a free trial membership in the General Books Club where they can select from more than a million books without charge. Subjects: Literary Criticism / General; Literary Criticism / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh; Fiction / Classics;

Selected Short Fiction

Selected Short Fiction

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/03/1976

This witty and amusing collection of short pieces shows Dickens liberated from the more formal and sustained demands of the novel and experimenting with a diverse range of fictional techniques. In his tales of the supernatural, he creates frighteningly believable, spine-tingling stories of prophetic dreams and visions, as well as more fantastical adventures with goblins and apparitions. Impressionistic sketches combine imaginatively heightened travel journals with wry observations of home and abroad, while in his dramatic monologues, Dickens demonstrates his talent for exploring the secret workings of the human mind. These short works display Dickens's exuberant sense of comedy and character as his imagination is given free rein.

The Public Readings

The Public Readings

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/10/1975

The Mystery of Edwin Drood

The Mystery of Edwin Drood

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/07/1972

The Pilgrim Edition of the Letters of Charles Dickens: Volume 2. 1840-1841

The Pilgrim Edition of the Letters of Charles Dickens: Volume 2. 1840-1841

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/11/1969

The book has no illustrations or index. Purchasers are entitled to a free trial membership in the General Books Club where they can select from more than a million books without charge. Subjects: Literary Criticism / General; Literary Criticism / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh; Fiction / Classics;

Oliver Twist

Oliver Twist

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/10/1966

Str;David Copperfield

Str;David Copperfield

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/1965

Bleak House

Bleak House

Author: Charles Dickens Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/1970

Michael Kitchen stars as John Jarndyce in a BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of Dickens' classic tale of London and the law.

Hard Times

Hard Times

Author: Charles Dickens Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/1970

The dramatic and sombre story of Wuthering Heights is dominated by Heathcliffe, a passionate and embittered soul, picked up as a gypsy waif by Mr Earnshaw and then reared in the bosom of his own family. Heathcliffe's growing love for Earnshaw's daughter Cathy, though fierce and deep, is ill-fated. Its unhappy repercussions are endured by the next generation until Heathcliffe's ardently vindictive spirit finally burns itself out.

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