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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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The Mystery of Edwin Drood

Written by Charles Dickens


Format: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: November 2, 2004
Price: $18.00

Charles Dickens's final, unfinished novel is in many ways his most interesting. A highly atmospheric murder mystery, it foreshadows both the detective stories of Conan Doyle and the nightmarish novels of Kafka.

Set in the apparently innocuous town of Cloisterham, the story rapidly darkens with a sense of impending evil. As... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Nicholas Nickleby

Written by Charles Dickens


Format: Hardcover, 914 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: October 26, 1993
Price: $27.00

When Nicholas's father dies, he, his mother and sister, Kate, are left penniless. To earn his keep, Nicholas becomes a tutor at Dotheboys Hall but soon discovers that the headmaster, Wackford Squeers, is a one-eyed tyrant who insists on a harsh regime. Nicholas embarks on an adventure that takes him from... Read more >
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The Old Curiosity Shop

Written by Charles Dickens


Format: Hardcover, 624 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: August 1, 1995
Price: $25.00

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Oliver Twist

Written by Charles Dickens


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 10, 2012
Price: $8.00

This darkest and most colorfully grotesque of Charles Dickens’s novels swirls around one of his most beloved and unsullied heroes, the orphan Oliver Twist.

One of the most swiftly moving and unified of Dickens’s great novels, Oliver Twist is also famous for its re-creation—through the splendidly realized figures of Fagin, Nancy, the... Read more >

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Oliver Twist

Written by Charles Dickens
Illustrated by George Cruikshank
Introduction by Philip Pullman


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: October 9, 2001
Price: $7.00

Dickens's classic morality tale of a starving orphan caught between opposing forces of good and evil is a powerful indictment of Victorian England's Poor Laws. Filled with dark humor and an unforgettable cast of characters Oliver Twist, Fagin, Nancy, Bill Sykes, and the Artful Dodger, to name a few Dickens's second... Read more >

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Oliver Twist

Written by Charles Dickens


Format: Hardcover, 528 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: November 3, 1992
Price: $23.00

One of the most swiftly moving and unified of Charles Dickens’s great novels, Oliver Twist is also famous for its re-creation—through the splendidly realized figures of Fagin, Nancy, the Artful Dodger, and the evil Bill Sikes—of the vast London underworld of pickpockets, thieves, prostitutes, and abandoned children. Victorian critics took Dickens... Read more >

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Oliver Twist

Written by Charles Dickens
Adapted by Lester M. Schulman
Illustrated by Jean Zallinger


Format: Trade Paperback, 96 pages
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
On Sale: August 18, 1990
Price: $3.99

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Oliver Twist

Written by Charles Dickens


Format: Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: May 1, 1982
Price: $4.95

This fiercely comic tale stands in marked contrast to its genial predecessor, The Pickwick Papers. Set against London's seedy back street slums, Oliver Twist is the saga of a workhouse orphan captured and thrust into a thieves' den, where some of Dickens's most depraved villains preside: the incorrigible Artful Dodger, the... Read more >

Oliver Twist

Written by Charles Dickens


Format: eBook, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 17, 2012
Price: $5.99

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Oliver Twist

Written by Charles Dickens
Adapted by Lester M. Schulman
Illustrated by Jean Zallinger


Format: eBook, 96 pages
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
On Sale: December 8, 2010
Price: $3.99

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Oliver Twist

Written by Charles Dickens


Format: eBook
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: May 31, 2005
Price: $1.99

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Our Mutual Friend

Written by Charles Dickens
Introduction by Richard Gaughan


Format: Trade Paperback, 880 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: September 10, 2002
Price: $11.95

A satiric masterpiece about the allure and peril of money, Our Mutual Friend revolves around the inheritance of a dust-heap where the rich throw their trash. When the body of John Harmon, the dust-heap’s expected heir, is found in the Thames, fortunes change hands surprisingly, raising to new heights “Noddy” Boffin... Read more >
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Our Mutual Friend

Written by Charles Dickens


Format: Hardcover, 880 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: May 10, 1994
Price: $26.00

A satiric masterpiece about the allure and peril of money, Our Mutual Friend revolves around the inheritance of a dust-heap where the rich throw their trash. When the body of John Harmon, the dust-heap’s expected heir, is found in the Thames, fortunes change hands surprisingly, raising to new heights “Noddy” Boffin... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.

Our Mutual Friend
(A Modern Library E-Book)
Written by Charles Dickens


Format: eBook
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: November 1, 2000
Price: $7.99

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The Pickwick Papers

Written by Charles Dickens
Introduction by Richard Russo


Format: Trade Paperback, 816 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: August 12, 2003
Price: $11.95

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The Pickwick Papers

Written by Charles Dickens


Format: Hardcover, 976 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: March 2, 1999
Price: $28.00

Charles Dickens’s satirical masterpiece, The Pickwick Papers, catapulted the young writer into literary fame when it was first serialized in 1836–37. It recounts the rollicking adventures of the members of the Pickwick Club as they travel about England getting into all sorts of mischief. Laugh-out-loud funny and endlessly entertaining, the book... Read more >
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The Pickwick Papers

Written by Charles Dickens


Format: Paperback, 912 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: August 1, 1983
Price: $6.99

In this classic social commentary from Dickens, Mr. Samuel Pickwick, retired business man and confirmed bachelor, is determined that after a quite life of enterprise the time has come to go out into the world. Together with the other members of the Pickwick Club: Tracy Tupman, Augustus Snodgrass and Nathaniel Winkle... Read more >
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The Pickwick Papers

Written by Charles Dickens


Format: eBook
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: September 26, 2006
Price: $6.99

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A Tale of Two Cities

Written by Charles Dickens


Format: Hardcover, 480 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: February 23, 1993
Price: $22.00

A Tale of Two Cities begins on a muddy English road in an atmosphere charged with mystery and drama, and it ends in the Paris of the French Revolution with one of the most famous acts of self-sacrifice in literature. In between lies one of Charles Dickens’s most exciting books—a historical... Read more >

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A Tale of Two Cities

Written by Charles Dickens
Introduction by Simon Schama


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 14, 1990
Price: $11.00

The most famous and possibly the most popular of Dickens's novels, A Tale of Two Cities shows a master of dramatic narrative extracting gold from the ore of history. If the bloody tableau of the French Revolution were not in itself sufficient for a dozen novels, Dickens added to it a... Read more >

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A Tale of Two Cities

Written by Charles Dickens


Format: Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: June 1, 1984
Price: $4.95

With his sublime parting words, "It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done..." Sidney Carton joins that exhalted group of Dickensian characters who have earned a permanent place in the popular literary imagination. His dramatic story, set against the volcanic fury of the French... Read more >

A Tale of Two Cities

Written by Charles Dickens
Introduction by Simon Schama


Format: eBook, 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 17, 2012
Price: $5.99

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A Tale of Two Cities

Written by Charles Dickens


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

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A Tale of Two Cities

Written by Charles Dickens


Format: eBook, 464 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: October 23, 2000
Price: $1.99

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A Christmas Carol and Other Stories

Written by Charles Dickens
Introduction by John Irving


Format: eBook
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: November 1, 2000
Price: $4.99

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