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Best Charles Dickens Books Everyone Should Read

Until you’ve consumed all of the best Charles Dickens books, can you even claim to be a true fan?

1. Penguin English Library Bleak House (2012)

Best Charles Dickens Books Everyone Should ReadThe Penguin English Library Edition of Bleak House by Charles Dickens ‘Fog everywhere. Fog up the river, where it flows among green aits and meadows; fog down the river, where it rolls defiled among the tiers of shipping, and the waterside pollutions of a great (and dirty) city. Fog on the Essex marshes, fog on the Kentish heights. Fog creeping into the cabooses of collier-brigs…’ As the interminable case of Jarndyce and Jarndyce grinds its way through the Court of Chancery, it draws together a disparate group of people: Ada and Richard Clare, whose…
Author(s): Charles Dickens

2. Oliver Twist (1998)

Best Charles Dickens Books Everyone Should ReadTor Classics are affordably-priced editions designed to attract the young reader. Original dynamic cover art enthusiastically represents the excitement of each story. Appropriate “reader friendly” type sizes have been chosen for each title―offering clear, accurate, and readable text. All editions are complete and unabridged, and feature Introductions and Afterwords.This edition of Oliver Twist includes a Foreword, Biographical Note, and Afterword by Nancy Springer.Abandoned at an early age, Oliver Twist is forced to live in a dark and dismal London workhouse lorded over by awful Mr. Bumble who cheats the boys of their…
Author(s): Charles Dickens

3. Spark Notes Hard Times (2002)

Best Charles Dickens Books Everyone Should ReadThey’re today’s most popular study guides-with everything you need to succeed in school. Written by Harvard students for students, since its inception SparkNotes™ has developed a loyal community of dedicated users and become a major education brand. Consumer demand has been so strong that the guides have expanded to over 150 titles. SparkNotes’™ motto is Smarter, Better, Faster because:· They feature the most current ideas and themes, written by experts.· They’re easier to understand, because the same people who use them have also written them.· The clear writing style and edited content enables students to…
Author(s): Charles Dickens, SparkNotes Editors

4. The Old Curiosity Shop (Penguin English Library El75) (1995)

Best Charles Dickens Books Everyone Should ReadFor the character of Little Nell, the beautiful child thrown into a shadowy, terrifying world, Dickens drew on a tragedy in his own life, the death at the age of seventeen of his sister-in-law Mary Hogarth. Five years later he wrote, ‘the desire to be buried next her is as strong upon me now … and I know (for I don’t think there ever was love like that I bear her) that it will never diminish.’ #4,305,138 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #162497 in Literary Fiction (Books) #83253 in Classic Literature & Fiction Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you like to ?…
Author(s): Charles Dickens , Angus Easson, et al.

5. Great Expectations (2017)

Best Charles Dickens Books Everyone Should ReadGreat Expectations is Charles Dickens’s thirteenth novel and his penultimate (completed) novel; a bildungsroman which depicts the personal growth and personal development of an orphan nicknamed Pip. It is Dickens’s second novel, after David Copperfield, to be fully narrated in the first person. The novel was first published as a serial in Dickens’s weekly periodical All the Year Round, from 1 December 1860 to August 1861. In October 1861, Chapman and Hall published the novel in three volumes. It is set among marshes in Kent, and in London, in the early to mid-1800s, and contains some of Dickens’ most memorable…
Author(s): Charles Dickens

6. Great Expectations (Evergreens) (2014)

Best Charles Dickens Books Everyone Should ReadOne of Dickens’s finest novels, Great Expectations chronicles the fortunes of its young protagonist Pip as he is unexpectedly endowed by a mysterious benefactor with the life of a gentleman, enabling him to escape to London from the prospect of a humble blacksmith’s career in rural Kent. In the bustling, unforgiving capital he must learn for himself the pitfalls of love and wealth, and how to sort his friends from his enemies.Through the lives of its unforgettable and iconic characters – such as Magwitch, Miss Havisham and Estella – Great Expectations charts the course of an England undergoing rapid social and economic…
Author(s): Charles Dickens

7. A Christmas Carol (2015)

Best Charles Dickens Books Everyone Should ReadA Christmas Carol is a novella by Charles Dickens, first published in London by Chapman & Hall on 19 December 1843. The novella met with instant success and critical acclaim. Carol tells the story of a bitter old miser named Ebenezer Scrooge and his transformation into a gentler, kindlier man after visitations by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Yet to Come.The book was written at a time when the British were examining and exploring Christmas traditions from the past as well as new customs such as Christmas cards and Christmas trees. Carol…
Author(s): Charles Dickens

8. Great Expectations (2014)

Best Charles Dickens Books Everyone Should ReadGreat Expectations is Charles Dickens’s thirteenth novel. It is his second novel, after David Copperfield, to be fully narrated in the first person. Great Expectations is a bildungsroman, or a coming-of-age novel, and it is a classic work of Victorian literature. It depicts the growth and personal development of an orphan named Pip. The novel was first published in serial form in Dickens’s weekly periodical All the Year Round, from 1 December 1860 to August 1861. In October 1861, Chapman and Hall published the novel in three volumes.Dickens originally intended Great Expectations to be twice as long, but…
Author(s): Charles Dickens

9. A Christmas Carol (2014)

Best Charles Dickens Books Everyone Should ReadA Christmas Carol is a novella by English author Charles Dickens. It was first published by Chapman & Hall on 19 December 1843. Carol tells the story of a bitter old miser named Ebenezer Scrooge and his transformation resulting from a supernatural visit by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Yet to Come. The novella met with instant success and critical acclaim.The book was written and published in early Victorian era Britain, a period when there was strong nostalgia for old Christmas traditions together…
Author(s): Charles Dickens

Best Charles Dickens Books Everyone Should Read

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The Romantic Legacy of Charles Dickens

Author(s): Peter Cook
Publisher: Springer International Publishing;Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2018, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2311636

Charles Dickens. An introduction

Author(s): Hartley, Jenny
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Year: 2016, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1703733

Reading London’s Suburbs: From Charles Dickens to Zadie Smith

Author(s): Ged Pope
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK, Year: 2015, Size: 4 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1479494

Life in Charles Dickens's England

Author(s): Stephen Currie
Publisher: ReferencePoint Press, Year: 2013, Size: 9 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1342908

Charles Dickens and the Sciences of Childhood: Popular Medicine, Child Health and Victorian Culture

Author(s): Katharina Boehm
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK, Year: 2013, Size: 1 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1479884

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