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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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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






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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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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Oliver Twist
Written by Charles Dickens
Vintage | Trade Paperback | January 2012
$8.00/9.00(Canada) | 978-0-307-94718-5 (0-307-94718-1)

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...

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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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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 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






The Mystery of Edwin Drood
Written by Charles Dickens, Introduction by Matthew Pearl
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | October 2009
$12.00/15.00(Canada) | 978-0-8129-8045-5 (0-8129-8045-X)

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 Jasper... Read more






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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The Mystery of Edwin Drood
Written by Charles Dickens
Everyman's Library | Hardcover | November 2004
$18.00/26.00(Canada) | 978-1-4000-4328-6 (1-4000-4328-X)

Central to the plot is John Jasper: in public he is a man of integrity and benevolence; in private he is an opium addict. And while seeming to smile on the engagement of his nephew, Edwin Drood, he is, in fact, consumed by jealousy, driven to terrify the boy’s fiancée and...

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The Haunted House
Written by Charles Dickens, Introduction by Wesley Stace
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | October 2004
$13.00/15.00(Canada) | 978-0-8129-7306-8 (0-8129-7306-2)

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






The Pickwick Papers
Written by Charles Dickens, Introduction by Richard Russo
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | August 2003
$11.95/14.95(Canada) | 978-0-8129-6727-2 (0-8129-6727-5)

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






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






Our Mutual Friend
Written by Charles Dickens, Introduction by Richard Gaughan
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | September 2002
$11.95/15.95(Canada) | 978-0-375-76114-0 (0-375-76114-4)

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






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






Little Dorrit
Written by Charles Dickens, Illustrated by H. K. Browne, Introduction by David Gates
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | March 2002
$9.95/12.95(Canada) | 978-0-375-75914-7 (0-375-75914-X)

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






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






Oliver Twist
Written by Charles Dickens, Illustrated by George Cruikshank, Introduction by Philip Pullman
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | October 2001
$7.00/9.00(Canada) | 978-0-375-75784-6 (0-375-75784-8)

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






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






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






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






The Pickwick Papers
Written by Charles Dickens
Everyman's Library | Hardcover | March 1999
$28.00/34.00(Canada) | 978-0-375-40548-8 (0-375-40548-8)

In this classic social commentary from Dickens, Mr. Samuel Pickwick, retired business man and confirmed bachelor, is determined that after a quiet 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, the...

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The Raven and the Monkey's Paw
Written by Edgar Allan Poe, Edith Wharton, Saki, Charles Dickens and O. Henry
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | September 1998
$15.00/22.00(Canada) | 978-0-375-75216-2 (0-375-75216-1)

The third in the Modern Library's series of original compilations, The Raven and the Monkey's Paw is a collection of classic tales and poems to engage our fear-seeking senses. The beauty of these stories and poems lies in their readability: ideal for sharing aloud around the campfire or for a quick... Read more






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





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