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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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David Copperfield
Written by Charles Dickens, Illustrated by Coralie Bickford-Smith, Introduction by Jeremy Tambling, Noted by Jeremy Tambling
Penguin Classics | Hardcover | May 2016
$30.00/39.00(Canada) | 978-0-241-24036-6 (0-241-24036-0)

Dickens' great coming-of-age novel, now in a beautiful new clothbound edition

This is the novel Dickens regarded as his "favourite child" and is considered his most autobiographical. As David recounts his experiences from childhood to the discovery of his vocation as a successful novelist, Dickens draws openly and revealingly on his... Read more






Dombey and Son
Written by Charles Dickens, Introduction by Lucy Hughes-hallet
Everyman's Library | Hardcover | October 1994
$30.00/40.00(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






Dombey and Son
Written by Charles Dickens, Introduction by Andrew Sanders, Noted by Andrew Sanders
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | November 2002
$12.00/16.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-043546-7 (0-14-043546-8)

A darkly witty tale of two siblings' struggle to achieve happiness in the shadow of their father's pride

To Paul Dombey, business is all and money can do anything. He runs his family life as he runs his firm: coldly, calculatingly and commercially. The only person he cares for is his... Read more






Great Expectations
Written by Charles Dickens
Puffin Books | Trade Paperback | September 2012
$7.99/8.99(Canada) | 978-0-14-242335-6 (0-14-242335-1)

As a young orphan, Pip encounters an escaped criminal while living with his cruel sister. He is then sent to spend time with the eccentric Miss Havisham and her cold, beautiful ward, Estella, who enchants Pip. As a young man, Pip is given money by a mysterious benefactor, who turns out... Read more






Great Expectations
Written by Charles Dickens
Vintage | Trade Paperback | January 2012
$7.95/10.45(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, Introduction by Roddy Doyle
Puffin Books | Trade Paperback | June 2011
$4.99/5.99(Canada) | 978-0-14-133013-6 (0-14-133013-9)

As a small boy at Joe Gargery's forge, Pip meets two people who will affect his whole life - an escaped convict he is forced to help, and the eccentric Miss Haversham, whose beautiful, cold-hearted ward Estella young Pip adores. But when a secret benefactor pays for him to go to... Read more






Great Expectations
Written by Charles Dickens, Afterword by Annabel Davis-Goff, Introduction by Stanley Weintraub
Signet | Paperback | February 2009
$5.95/7.95(Canada) | 978-0-451-53118-6 (0-451-53118-3)

From the agony of Charles Dickens’ disenchantment with the Victorian middle class comes a novel of spellbinding mystery and a profound examination of moral values.

An orphan living with his older sister and her kindly husband, Pip is hired by wealthy and embittered Miss Havisham as a companion for her and her...

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Great Expectations
Written by Charles Dickens, Edited by Charlotte Mitchell, Introduction by David Trotter, Noted by Charlotte Mitchell
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | December 2002
$11.00/15.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-143956-3 (0-14-143956-4)

'Great Expectations is up there for me with the world's greatest novels' Howard Jacobson

Charles Dickens's Great Expectations charts the course of orphan Pip Pirrip's life as it is transformed by a vast, mysterious inheritance. A terrifying encounter with the escaped convict Abel Magwitch in a graveyard on the wild Kent marshes; a... Read more






Great Expectations
Written by Charles Dickens, Introduction by Michael Slater
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
$5.95/7.95(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, Illustrated by Richard Sala, Introduction by Francine Prose
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | December 2010
$15.00/18.50(Canada) | 978-0-14-310627-2 (0-14-310627-9)

A graphic deluxe edition to mark the 150th anniversary of Dickens's most well-loved novel 

A terrifying encounter with an escaped convict in a graveyard on the wild Kent marshes; a summons to meet the bitter, decaying Miss Havisham and her beautiful, cold-hearted ward Estella; the sudden generosity of a mysterious benefactor-these... Read more






Great Expectations
Written by Charles Dickens, Edited by Charlotte Mitchell, Illustrated by Coralie Bickford-Smith, Noted by Charlotte Mitchell
Penguin Classics | Hardcover | October 2009
$24.00/27.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-104036-3 (0-14-104036-X)

Part of Penguin's beautiful hardback Clothbound Classics series, designed by the award-winning Coralie Bickford-Smith, these delectable and collectible editions are bound in high-quality colourful, tactile cloth with foil stamped into the design. Pip doesn't expect much from life...His sister makes it clear that her orphaned little brother is nothing but a... Read more






Great Expectations
Written by Charles Dickens, Illustrated by Jessica Hische
Penguin Books | Hardcover | December 2012
$22.00/23.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-312379-8 (0-14-312379-3)

From A to Z, the Penguin Drop Caps series collects 26 unique hardcovers—featuring cover art by type superstar Jessica Hische

It all begins with a letter. Fall in love with Penguin Drop Caps, a new series of twenty-six collectible and gift-worthy hardcover editions, each with a type cover showcasing a gorgeously... Read more






Great Expectations
Written by Charles Dickens, Introduction by Bernard Shaw
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | February 2001
$10.00/13.00(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, Afterword by Jane Smiley, Introduction by Frederick Busch
Signet | Paperback | July 2008
$4.95/5.95(Canada) | 978-0-451-53099-8 (0-451-53099-3)

Dickens’s scathing portrait of Victorian industrial society. 

Coketown, the depressed mill town that is the setting for one of Charles Dickens’s most powerful and unforgettable novels, is all brick, machinery, and smoke-darkened chimneys. Its emblematic citizen, the schoolmaster Thomas Gradgrind, lives to impose his version of education: facts and statistics that feed... Read more






Hard Times
Written by Charles Dickens, Introduction by Kate Flint, Noted by Kate Flint
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | April 2003
$9.00/12.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-143967-9 (0-14-143967-X)

'Now, what I want is, Facts. Teach these boys and girls nothing but Facts. Facts alone are wanted in life. Plant nothing else, and root out everything else.’
 

Coketown is dominated by the figure of Mr Thomas Gradgrind, school owner and model of Utilitarian success. Feeding both his pupils and... Read more






Hard Times
Written by Charles Dickens, Introduction by Jane Jacobs
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | July 2001
$10.00/13.00(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, Introduction by Phil Collins
Everyman's Library | Hardcover | June 1992
$22.00/29.00(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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Hard Times
Written by Charles Dickens, Introduction by Robert Donald Spector
Bantam Classics | Paperback | March 1981
$5.95/7.95(Canada) | 978-0-553-21016-3 (0-553-21016-5)

Written deliberately to increase the circulation of Dickens’s weekly magazine, Household Words, Hard Times was a huge and instantaneous success upon publication in 1854. Yet this novel is not the cheerful celebration of Victorian life one might have expected from the beloved author of The Pickwick Papers and The Old Curiosity... Read more






Hard Times
Written by Charles Dickens, Illustrated by Coralie Bickford-Smith, Introduction by Kate Flint, Noted by Kate Flint
Penguin Classics | Hardcover | November 2011
$22.00/23.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-119834-7 (0-14-119834-6)

Part of Penguin's beautiful hardback Clothbound Classics series, designed by the award-winning Coralie Bickford-Smith, these delectable and collectible editions are bound in high-quality colourful, tactile cloth with foil stamped into the design. Coketown is dominated by the figure of Mr Thomas Gradgrind, school headmaster and model of Utilitarian success. Feeding both... Read more






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 Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby
Written by Charles Dickens, Introduction by Mark Ford, Noted by Mark Ford
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | November 1999
$10.00/13.50(Canada) | 978-0-14-043512-2 (0-14-043512-3)

'The novel has everything: an absorbing melodrama, with a supporting cast of heroes, villains and eccentrics, set in a London where vast wealth and desperate poverty live cheek-by-jowl' Jasper Rees, The Times

When Nicholas Nickleby is left penniless after his father's death, he appeals to his wealthy uncle to help him find... Read more






Little Dorrit
Written by Charles Dickens, Edited by Helen Small and Stephen Wall, Introduction by Helen Small and Stephen Wall
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | January 2004
$12.00/16.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-143996-9 (0-14-143996-3)

A novel of serendipity, of fortunes won and lost, and of the spectre of imprisonment that hangs over all aspects of Victorian society

When Arthur Clennam returns to England after many years abroad, he takes a kindly interest in Amy Dorrit, his mother's seamstress, and in the affairs of Amy's father... Read more





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