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(1812—1870) novelist

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American Notes for General Circulation

American Notes for General Circulation  

Travel account by Dickens, published in 1842. Dickens visited the U.S. (Jan.–May 1842) in a tour that took him from Boston and New York to Canada and as far west as St. Louis. His book is almost ...
Barnaby Rudge

Barnaby Rudge  

A novel by Dickens published in 1841 as part of Master Humphrey's Clock. The earlier of Dickens's two historical novels, it is set at the period of the Gordon anti‐popery riots of 1780, and Lord ...
Battle of Life

Battle of Life  

Dickens's fourth Christmas book, written in Switzerland in 1846 while he was also at work on Dombey. He found great difficulty in writing it, and the result was, of all ...
Bentley's Miscellany

Bentley's Miscellany  

(1837–69),a successful periodical consisting of essays, stories, and poems, begun by R. Bentley. Dickens was the first editor, and Oliver Twist appeared in its pages in 1837–8. J. H. Reynolds, Hook, ...
Bleak House

Bleak House  

A novel by Dickens, published in monthly parts 1852–3.The book contains a vigorous satire on the abuses of the old court of Chancery, the delays and costs of which brought misery and ruin on its ...
Boz

Boz  

The pseudonym used by Charles Dickens in his Pickwick Papers and contributions to the Morning Chronicle; in his preface to the Pickwick Papers (1847), Dickens explained that he had taken the name ...
Chapman and Hall

Chapman and Hall  

A publishing company founded in 1830 at 186 Strand, London, by Edward Chapman and William Hall. It owed much of its success to its early association with Dickens (Pickwick Papers having originated in ...
A Child's History of England

A Child's History of England  

Dickens had contemplated such a nursery history since 1843. However, he seems to have put the project aside for some years; it was serialized in 39 episodes in Household Words ...
Chimes

Chimes  

A Christmas book by Dickens, published 1845.It is the story of a nightmare or vision in which Toby Veck, porter and runner of errands, under the influence of the goblins of the church bells and a ...
A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol  

A Christmas book by Dickens, published 1843.Scrooge, an old curmudgeon, receives on Christmas Eve a visit from the ghost of Marley, his late partner in business, and beholds a series of visions, ...
Daily News

Daily News  

Was founded by Dickens in 1845 as a Liberal rival to the Morning Chronicle; the first issue appeared on 21 Jan. 1846. Dickens edited the paper for 17 numbers only, then handed over to John Forster. ...
David Copperfield

David Copperfield  

A novel by Dickens, published 1849–50. ‘Of all my books,’ wrote Dickens, ‘I like this the best.’ It is (in some of its details) Dickens's veiled autobiography.David Copperfield is born at ...
Dickens, Charles

Dickens, Charles   Reference library

Paul Schlicke and John Drew

The Oxford Reader's Companion to Dickens

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2011
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Literature, Literary studies (19th century)
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See amateur theatricals of Dickens; ‘Boz’; brothers and sisters of Dickens; children of Dickens; composition, Dickens's methods; Dickens: private life...

Dickens, Charles

Dickens, Charles (1812–70)   Reference library

Beverly Taylor

The Oxford Companion to the Brontes

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2011
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Literature, Literary studies (19th century)
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His realistic, sympathetic depictions of outcasts and social evils charted a new direction in Victorian fiction and may have influenced Charlotte's transition from her juvenile writing: on ... More
Dombey and Son

Dombey and Son  

Dealings with the Firm of A novel by Charles Dickens, published 1847–8. When the story opens Mr Dombey, the frigid head of the shipping house of Dombey and Son, has just ...
dramatizations and dramatizers of Dickens's works

dramatizations and dramatizers of Dickens's works  

Partly because staged pantomime of children's stories had helped establish the 18th-century custom, what a multitude of 19th-century playwrights did with the plenitude of Boz was only what the stage ...
Great Expectations

Great Expectations  

A novel by Dickens, which first appeared in All the Year Round 1860–61, published in book form 1861.It recounts the development of the character of the narrator, Philip Pirrip, commonly known as ...
Hablot Knight Browne

Hablot Knight Browne  

(1815–82)Under the pseudonym ‘Phiz’, he illustrated some of the works of Charles Dickens, R. S. Surtees, and F. E. Smedley.
Hard Times

Hard Times  

A novel by Dickens, published 1854.Thomas Gradgrind, a citizen of Coketown, a northern industrial city, is a misguided exponent of utilitarianism, who believes in facts and statistics and brings up ...
Household Words

Household Words  

A weekly periodical started in 1850 by Dickens, and incorporated in 1859 into All the Year Round, which he edited until his death. It published much of Dickens's own work and other writers such as ...

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