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Charles Dickens

(1812—1870) novelist

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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 ...
Mystery of Edwin Drood

Mystery of Edwin Drood  

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An unfinished novel by Dickens, published 1870.The fathers of Edwin Drood and Rosa Bud, both widowers, have before their deaths betrothed their young children to one another. The orphan Rosa has been ...
Mudfog Papers

Mudfog Papers  

The title of Dickens's contributions, other than Oliver Twist, to Bentley's Miscellany, written when he was editor of that journal and illustrated by George Cruikshank, but not published as a ...
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 ...
Uncommercial Traveller

Uncommercial Traveller  

Sketches written by Dickens for All the Year Round between 1860 and 1869. Reflecting his lifelong admiration for the essay and for travel literature as literary forms, the articles offer ...
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, ...
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 ...
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 ...
Haunted Man and the Ghost's Bargain

Haunted Man and the Ghost's Bargain  

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A Christmas book by Dickens, published 1848.Redlaw, a learned man in chemistry, is haunted by the memories of a life blighted by sorrow and wrong. His Evil Genius tempts him to think that these ...
Master Humphrey's Clock

Master Humphrey's Clock  

A weekly founded by Dickens in 1840, originally intended as a miscellany which would contain a continuous narrative (The Old Curiosity Shop) linked by the reminiscences of the narrator, Master ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Cricket on the Hearth

Cricket on the Hearth  

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A Christmas book by Dickens, published 1846.John Peerybingle, carrier, and his much younger wife, Dot, are as happy a couple as possible, although the venomous old Tackleton, who himself is about to ...
Pickwick Papers

Pickwick Papers  

A novel by Dickens, first issued in 20 monthly parts April 1836–Nov. 1837, and as a volume in 1837.Mr Samuel Pickwick, general chairman of the Pickwick Club which he has founded, Messrs Tracy Tupman, ...
Pictures from Italy

Pictures from Italy  

Records Dickens's residence in Italy from July 1844 to June 1845 and was clearly intended to defray some of the costs of the expedition. The first third of the book ...
Our Mutual Friend

Our Mutual Friend  

A novel by Dickens, published in monthly parts between May 1864 and Nov. 1865.John Harmon returns from the exile to which he has been sent by a harsh father, a rich dust‐contractor; he expects to ...
Sketches by Boz

Sketches by Boz  

A collection of sketches of life and manners, by Dickens, first published in various periodicals, and in book form in 1836–7 (in one volume, 1839).
A Tale of Two Cities

A Tale of Two Cities  

A novel by Dickens, published 1859.The ‘two cities’ are Paris, in the time of the French Revolution, and London. Dr Manette, a French physician, having been called in to attend a young peasant and ...

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