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Charles Dickens

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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Barnaby Rudge
Written by Charles Dickens
Everyman's Library | Hardcover | November 2005
$25.00/35.00(Canada) | 978-0-307-26290-5 (0-307-26290-1)

Charles Dickens’s first historical novel–set during the anti-Catholic riots of 1780–is an unparalleled portrayal of the terror of a rampaging mob, seen through the eyes of the individuals swept up in the chaos.

Those individuals include Emma, a Catholic, and Edward, a Protestant, whose forbidden love weaves through the heart of the...

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Bleak House
Written by Charles Dickens
Vintage | Trade Paperback | January 2012
$10.00/12.00(Canada) | 978-0-307-94719-2 (0-307-94719-X)

One of Charles Dickens’s most critically admired novels, this story of a monumental and life-consuming court case features one of his most vast and varied casts of colorful characters.

In Bleak House, competing claims of love and inheritance—complicated by murder—have given rise to a costly and decades-long legal battle that one litigant...

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Bleak House
Written by Charles Dickens, Illustrated by H. K. Browne, Introduction by Mary Gaitskill
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | July 2002
$11.95/14.95(Canada) | 978-0-375-76005-1 (0-375-76005-9)

Widely regarded as Dickens’s masterpiece, Bleak House centers on the generations-long lawsuit Jarndyce and Jarndyce, through which “whole families have inherited legendary hatreds.” Focusing on Esther Summerson, a ward of John Jarndyce, the novel traces Esther’s romantic coming-of-age and, in classic Dickensian style, the gradual revelation of long-buried secrets, all set... Read more






Bleak House
Written by Charles Dickens
Everyman's Library | Hardcover | October 1991
$26.00/30.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-40568-9 (0-679-40568-2)

The complex story of a notorious law-suit in which love and inheritance are set against the classic urban background of 19th-century London, where fog on the river, seeping into the very bones of the characters, symbolizes the corruption of the legal system and the society which supports it.

“Jarndyce and Jarndyce” is... Read more






Bleak House
Written by Charles Dickens
Bantam Classics | Paperback | November 1985
$6.95/9.95(Canada) | 978-0-553-21223-5 (0-553-21223-0)

Widely regarded as Dickens’s masterpiece, Bleak House centers on the generations-long lawsuit Jarndyce and Jarndyce, through which “whole families have inherited legendary hatreds.” Focusing on Esther Summerson, a ward of John Jarndyce, the novel traces Esther’s romantic coming-of-age and, in classic Dickensian style, the gradual revelation of long-buried secrets, all set... Read more






A Christmas Carol and Other Stories
Written by Charles Dickens, Introduction by John Irving
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | October 2001
$10.00/13.00(Canada) | 978-0-375-75888-1 (0-375-75888-7)

An immediate bestseller when it was first published in December 1843, A Christmas Carol has endured ever since as a perennial Yuletide favorite. Charles Dickens's beloved tale about the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge, who comes to know the meaning of kindness, charity, and goodwill through a haunting Christmas Eve encounter with four... Read more






A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Books
Written by Charles Dickens, Introduction by Margaret Atwood
Everyman's Library | Hardcover | November 2009
$18.00/22.00(Canada) | 978-0-307-27175-4 (0-307-27175-7)

The final volume in the Everyman’s Library Charles Dickens collection: the timeless story of everyone’s favorite misanthrope, Ebenezer Scrooge, together with four more of Dickens’s Christmas tales and with Arthur Rackham’s classic illustrations.

No holiday season is complete without the story of tightfisted Mr. Scrooge, of his long-suffering and mild-mannered clerk, Bob... Read more






A Christmas Carol
Written by Charles Dickens
Vintage | Trade Paperback | November 2011
$8.00/9.00(Canada) | 978-0-307-94721-5 (0-307-94721-1)

No holiday season is complete without Charles Dickens’s timeless tale of redemption starring the tightfisted Mr. Scrooge, the long-suffering  Bob Cratchit, kindhearted Tiny Tim, and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future. But A Christmas Carol was only the first and most famous of Dickens’s holiday tales. In this edition...

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A Christmas Carol
Written by Charles Dickens
Everyman's Library | Hardcover | September 1994
$15.95/18.95(Canada) | 978-0-679-43639-3 (0-679-43639-1)

"Bah Humbug!" That's how Ebeneezer Scrooge feels about Christmas--until the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future decide to show the crotchety old miser the error of his ways. Together they travel through time, revisiting all the people who have played an important role in Scrooge's life. And as their journey... Read more






A Christmas Carol
Written by Charles Dickens
Bantam Classics | Paperback | November 1986
$3.95/4.95(Canada) | 978-0-553-21244-0 (0-553-21244-3)

Merry Christmas, everyone!

“Bah!” said Scrooge. “Humbug!”

With those famous words unfolds a tale that renews the joy and caring that are Christmas. Whether we read it aloud with our family and friends or open the pages on a chill winter evening to savor the story in solitude, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas... Read more






Cuentos de navidad
Written by Charles Dickens
Vintage Espanol | Trade Paperback | November 2013
$8.00/9.00(Canada) | 978-0-345-80549-2 (0-345-80549-6)

Se podría decir que Dickens inventó la Navidad, pues ningún otro escritor ha evocado con tanta maestría el espíritu, jubiloso y elegíaco a un tiempo, de ese periodo final del año. Además del célebre “Canción de Navidad”, se reúnen en este volumen –inspirado en la edición inglesa de 1852– otros cuatro... Read more






David Copperfield
Written by Charles Dickens
Vintage | Trade Paperback | January 2012
$10.00/12.00(Canada) | 978-0-307-94717-8 (0-307-94717-3)

Charles Dickens’s most famous novel was also his own favorite, and the one that drew most on his own life story.

David Copperfield is the classic account of a boy growing up in a world that is by turns magical, fearful, and grimly realistic. In a book that is part fairy tale... Read more






David Copperfield
Written by Charles Dickens, Introduction by David Gates
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | November 2000
$8.95/11.95(Canada) | 978-0-679-78341-1 (0-679-78341-5)

Hugely admired by Tolstoy, David Copperfield is the novel that draws most closely from Charles Dickens's own life. Its eponymous hero, orphaned as a boy, grows up to discover love and happiness, heartbreak and sorrow amid a cast of eccentrics, innocents, and villains. Praising Dickens's power of invention, Somerset Maugham wrote... Read more






David Copperfield
Written by Charles Dickens
Everyman's Library | Hardcover | November 1991
$27.50/32.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-40571-9 (0-679-40571-2)

When David Copperfield escapes from the cruelty of his childhood home, he embarks on a journey to adulthood which will lead him through comedy and tragedy, love and heartbreak and friendship and betrayal. Over the course of his adventure, David meets an array of eccentric characters and learns hard lessons about...

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David Copperfield
Written by Charles Dickens
Bantam Classics | Paperback | September 1981
$6.99/7.99(Canada) | 978-0-553-21189-4 (0-553-21189-7)

Of all Dickens's novels, David Copperfield most fervently embraces the comic delights, the tender warmth, the tragic horrors of childhood. It is our classic tale of growing up, an enchanting story of a gently orphan discovering life and love in an indifferent adult world. Persecuted by his wrathful stepfather, Mr. Murdstone... Read more






Dombey and Son
Written by Charles Dickens
Everyman's Library | Hardcover | October 1994
$27.50/32.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-43591-4 (0-679-43591-3)

It is said that all England mourned the heartbreaking fate of little Paul Dombey, but it is the ordeal of his loving and long-suffering sister, Florence, that carries the full emotional weight of the story. Their father’s cold obsession with the future of his business empire, the malevolent plotting of his...

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Dombey and Son
Written by Charles Dickens, Introduction by Jonathan Lethem
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | April 2003
$12.00/13.00(Canada) | 978-0-8129-6743-2 (0-8129-6743-7)

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 genius... Read more






Great Expectations
Written by Charles Dickens
Vintage | Trade Paperback | January 2012
$7.00/8.00(Canada) | 978-0-307-94716-1 (0-307-94716-5)

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...

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Great Expectations
Written by Charles Dickens, Adapted by Monica Kulling
Random House Books for Young Readers | Trade Paperback | November 1996
$3.99/5.99(Canada) | 978-0-679-87466-9 (0-679-87466-6)

Seven-year-old Pip is an orphan. He lives with his nasty older sister and works as a blacksmith’s apprentice. Pip dreams of a better life, but has no idea how to turn his luck around. Then a mysterious stranger decides to make all of Pip’s dreams come true. Pip’s lonely life is... Read more






Great Expectations
Written by Charles Dickens
Everyman's Library | Hardcover | March 1992
$25.00/28.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-40579-5 (0-679-40579-8)

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...

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Great Expectations
Written by Charles Dickens
Bantam Classics | Paperback | August 1982
$4.95/7.50(Canada) | 978-0-553-21342-3 (0-553-21342-3)

In the marshy mists of a village churchyard, a  tiny orphan boy named Pip is suddenly terrified by a  shivering, limping convict on the run. Years  later, a supremely arrogant young Pip boards the coach  to London where, by the grace of a mysterious  benefactor, he will join the ranks of the idle rich  and "become a... Read more






Great Expectations
Written by Charles Dickens, Introduction by Bernard Shaw
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | February 2001
$9.00/11.00(Canada) | 978-0-375-75701-3 (0-375-75701-5)

Introduction by George Bernard Shaw
 
Pip, a poor orphan being raised by a cruel sister, does not have much in the way of great expectations—until he is inexplicably elevated to wealth by an anonymous benefactor. Full of unforgettable characters—including a terrifying convict named Magwitch, the eccentric Miss Havisham, and her... Read more






Hard Times
Written by Charles Dickens
Vintage | Trade Paperback | January 2012
$8.00/9.00(Canada) | 978-0-307-94720-8 (0-307-94720-3)

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...

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Hard Times
Written by Charles Dickens, Introduction by Jane Jacobs
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | July 2001
$7.95/10.50(Canada) | 978-0-679-64217-6 (0-679-64217-X)

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






Hard Times
Written by Charles Dickens
Everyman's Library | Hardcover | June 1992
$21.00/24.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-41323-3 (0-679-41323-5)

“Facts alone are wanted in life.” The children at Mr. Gradgrind’s school are sternly ordered to stifle their imaginations and pay attention only to cold, hard reality. The effects of Gradgrind’s teaching on his own children, Tom and Louisa, are particularly profound and leave them ill-equipped to deal with the unpredictable...

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