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Charles Dickens

Bio: Charles Dickens was born at Portsmouth on 7 February 1812, the second of eight children. Dickens's childhood experiences were similar to those depicted in David Copperfield. His father, who was a government clerk, was imprisoned for debt and Dickens was briefly sent to work in a warehouse at the age of twelve. He received little formal education, but became a reporter of parliamentary debates for the Morning Chronicle. The Pickwick Papers were published in 1836-7 and after a slow start became a publishing phenomenon and Dickens's characters the centre of a popular cult. Part of the secret of his success was the method of cheap serial publication which Dickens used for all his novels. He began Oliver Twist in 1837, followed by Nicholas Nickleby (1838) and The Old Curiosity Shop (1840-41). Martin Chuzzlewit (1843-4) did not repeat its predecessors' success but this was quickly redressed by the huge popularity of the Christmas Books, of which the first, A Christmas Carol, appeared in 1843. In 1850 Dickens started the weekly periodical Household Words, succeeded in 1859 by All the Year Round; in these he published Hard Times (1854), A Tale of Two Cities (1859) and Great Expectations (1860-61). Dickens's health was failing during the 1860s and the physical strain of the public readings which he began in 1858 hastened his decline, although Our Mutual Friend (1865) retained some of his best comedy. His last novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, was never completed and he died on 9 June 1870. Public grief at his death was considerable and he was buried in the Poets' Corner of Westminster Abbey.



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1 A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Stories [MultiFormat]
by Charles Dickens
  Ebenezer Scrooge is back, but his are not the only ghosts that haunt this collection of holiday favorites. A collection of classic Dickens Holiday tales. No one can tug at the heartstrings like Dickens. Includes: A Christmas Carol, A Christmas Tree, What Christmas Is as We Grow Older, A Poor Relation's Story, A Schoolboy's Story, and Nobody's Story. Those who think Tiny Tim is a long haired guy with a ukulele really need to read this book!

Words: 49404 - Reading Time: 141-197 min.
Category: Classic Literature/Children's Fiction
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2 Child's Book of Christmas Stories [MultiFormat]
by Charles Dickens
  A sparkling collection of children's bedtime stories, with a Christmas theme. These are suitable for reading by older children, or for reading aloud to the smaller ones at bedtime. There are enough stories included to use them as an advent activity, by reading one each night to your little ones every night from Thanksgiving to Christmas. (Published: 2006)

Words: 77316 - Reading Time: 220-309 min.
Category: Classic Literature/Children's Fiction
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3 Holiday Romance in Four Parts: A Dickens Tale of Children [MultiFormat]
by Charles Dickens
  A tale of four children, created by a master just for the holiday season. (Published: 1873)

Words: 13343 - Reading Time: 38-53 min.
Category: Classic Literature/Romance

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4 Martin Chuzzlewit [Secure eReader]
by Charles Dickens
  Dickens' sixth novel is a satire on mid-nineteenth-century America -- the story of two Chuzzlewits, Martin and Jonas, who have inherited the characteristic Chuzzlewit selfishness. It contrasts their diverse fates: moral redemption and worldly success for one and increasingly desperate crime for the other.
Category: Historical Fiction

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5 Works of Charles Dickens: 1855-1857 [Secure eReader]
by Charles Dickens
  Five works by the great mid-19th Century British writer Charles Dickens (1812-1870): "The Holly-Tree" (short story, 1855), "The Wreck of the Golden Mary" (short story, 1856), "The Perils of Certain English Prisoners" (short story, 1857), "The Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices" (1857), and"Little Dorrit" (1855-57), plus "Reprinted Pieces, 1850-59" (25 brief writings).
Category: Classic Literature

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