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Charles Dickens

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Charles Dickens was born in a little house in Landport, Portsea, England, on February 7, 1812. The second of eight children, he grew up in a family frequently beset by financial insecurity. At age eleven, Dickens was taken out of school and sent to work in London backing warehouse, where his job was to paste labels on bottles for six shillings a week. His father John Dickens, was a warmhearted but improvident man. When he was condemned the Marshela Prison for unpaid debts, he unwisely agreed that Charles should stay in lodgings and continue working while the rest of the family... Read More

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Dombey and Son

Written by Charles Dickens


Format: Hardcover, 944 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: October 4, 1994
Price: $27.50

Dombey and Son, Charles Dickens’s story of a powerful man whose callous neglect of his family triggers his professional and personal downfall, showcases the author’ s gift for vivid characterization and unfailingly realistic description. As Jonathan Lethem contends in his Introduction, Dickens’s “genius . . . is at one with the... Read more >
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Dombey and Son

Written by Charles Dickens
Introduction by Jonathan Lethem


Format: Trade Paperback, 912 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: April 8, 2003
Price: $12.00

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Dombey and Son

Written by Charles Dickens
Introduction by Jonathan Lethem


Format: eBook, 912 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: December 18, 2007
Price: $9.99

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Great Expectations

Written by Charles Dickens


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 10, 2012
Price: $7.00

One of Charles Dickens’s most fascinating novels, Great Expectations follows the orphan Pip as he leaves behind a childhood of misery and poverty after an anonymous benefactor offers him a chance at the life of a gentleman.

From young Pip’s first terrifying encounter with the convict Magwitch in the gloom of... Read more >

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Great Expectations

Written by Charles Dickens
Adapted by Monica Kulling


Format: Trade Paperback, 112 pages
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
On Sale: November 19, 1996
Price: $3.99

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Great Expectations

Written by Charles Dickens


Format: Hardcover, 544 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: March 10, 1992
Price: $25.00

One of Charles Dickens’s most fascinating novels, Great Expectations follows the orphan Pip as he leaves behind a childhood of misery and poverty after an anonymous benefactor offers him a chance at the life of a gentleman. From the young Pip’s first terrifying encounter with the convict Magwitch in the gloom... Read more >

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Great Expectations

Written by Charles Dickens


Format: Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: August 1, 1982
Price: $4.95

Considered by many to be Dickens's greatest work, Great Expectations is at once a superbly constructed novel of spellbinding mastery and a profound examination of moral values. Here, some of Dickens's most memorable characters come to play their part in a story whose title itself reflects the deep irony that shaped... Read more >

Great Expectations

Written by Charles Dickens


Format: eBook, 480 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 17, 2012
Price: $5.99

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Great Expectations

Written by Charles Dickens
Adapted by Monica Kulling


Format: eBook, 112 pages
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
On Sale: August 31, 2011
Price: $3.99

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Great Expectations

Written by Charles Dickens


Format: eBook
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: June 3, 2003
Price: $1.99

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Great Expectations

Written by Charles Dickens
Introduction by Bernard Shaw


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: February 13, 2001
Price: $9.00

Pip, a poor orphan being raised by a cruel sister, does not have much in the way of great expectations between his terrifying experience in a graveyard with a convict named Magwitch and his humiliating visits with the eccentric Miss Havisham's beautiful but manipulative niece, Estella, who torments him until he... Read more >

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Hard Times

Written by Charles Dickens


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 10, 2012
Price: $8.00

The shortest of Charles Dickens’s novels, Hard Times is also his most pointed and impassioned satire of social injustice.

Set in Coketown, a fictional industrial town in the north of England, Hard Times was born of its author’s indignation at the soul-crushing conditions of the industrial age, and yet it vibrantly transcends... Read more >
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Hard Times

Written by Charles Dickens
Introduction by Jane Jacobs


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: July 10, 2001
Price: $7.95

Dickens's widely read satirical account of the Industrial Revolution.

Dickens creates the Victorian industrial city of Coketown, in northern England, and its unforgettable citizens, such as the unwavering utilitarian Thomas Gradgrind and the factory owner Josiah Bounderby, and the result is his famous critique of capitalist philosophy, the exploitative force he... Read more >
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Hard Times

Written by Charles Dickens


Format: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: June 2, 1992
Price: $21.00

By 1854, when Hard Times was published, Charles Dickens' magisterial progress as a writer had come to incorporate a many-sided, coherent vision of English society, both as it was and as he wished it to be. Hard Times, a classic Dickensian story of redemption set in a North of England town... Read more >
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Hard Times

Written by Charles Dickens
Introduction by Robert Donald Spector


Format: Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: March 1, 1981
Price: $4.95

Hard Times, Dickens's shortest novel and one of his major triumphs, tells the tragic story of Louisa Gradgrind and her father. When Louisa, trapped in a loveless marriage, falls prey to an idle seducer, the crisis forces her father to reconsider his cherished system. Yet even as the development of the... Read more >
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Hard Times

Written by Charles Dickens


Format: eBook, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 17, 2012
Price: $5.99

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Hard Times

Written by Charles Dickens


Format: eBook
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: November 23, 2004
Price: $1.99

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The Haunted House

Written by Charles Dickens
Introduction by Wesley Stace


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: October 12, 2004
Price: $13.00

On Christmas Eve, a party of friends descends on a purportedly haunted country retreat, charged with the task of discovering evidence of the supernatural. Sequestered in their rooms for the holiday, the friends reconvene on Twelfth Night at a great feast and share their stories of spectral encounter.

“Conducted” by Charles... Read more >
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The Haunted House

Written by Charles Dickens
Introduction by Wesley Stace


Format: eBook, 160 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: December 18, 2007
Price: $7.99

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Little Dorrit

Written by Charles Dickens
Illustrated by H. K. Browne
Introduction by David Gates


Format: Trade Paperback, 912 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: March 12, 2002
Price: $9.95

Upon its publication in 1857, Little Dorrit immediately outsold any of Dickens’s previous books. The story of William Dorrit, imprisoned for debt in Marshalsea Prison, and his daughter and helpmate, Amy, or Little Dorrit, the novel charts the progress of the Dorrit family from poverty to riches. In his Introduction, David... Read more >
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Little Dorrit

Written by Charles Dickens


Format: Hardcover, 896 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: December 15, 1992
Price: $24.00

Of the complex, richly rewarding masterworks he wrote in the last decade of his life, Little Dorrit is the book in which Charles Dickens most fully unleashed his indignation at the fallen state of mid-Victorian society. Crammed with persons and incidents in whose recreation nothing is accidental or spurious, containing, in... Read more >
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Little Dorrit

Written by Charles Dickens


Format: eBook
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: March 12, 2002
Price: $7.99

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Martin Chuzzlewit

Written by Charles Dickens


Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: March 20, 1995
Price: $20.00

At The Center of Martin Chuzzlewit—the novel Angus Wilson called "one of the most sheerly exciting of all Dickens stories"—is Martin himself, very old, very rich, very much on his guard. What he suspects (with good reason) is that every one of Iris close and distant relations. now converging in droves... Read more >

The Mystery of Edwin Drood

Written by Charles Dickens
Introduction by Matthew Pearl


Format: eBook
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: October 6, 2009
Price: $7.99

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The Mystery of Edwin Drood

Written by Charles Dickens
Introduction by Matthew Pearl


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: October 6, 2009
Price: $12.00

The Mystery of Edwin Drood is a novel that is itself the subject of one of literature’ s most enduring mysteries. The story recounts the troubled romance of Rosa Bud and the book’s eponymous character, who later vanishes. Was Drood murdered, and if so by whom? All clues point to John... Read more >
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