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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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Hard Times
Written by Charles Dickens, Introduction by Robert Donald Spector
Bantam Classics | Paperback | March 1981
$4.95/6.95(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






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






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






Little Dorrit
Written by Charles Dickens
Everyman's Library | Hardcover | December 1992
$24.00/29.95(Canada) | 978-0-679-41725-5 (0-679-41725-7)

Amy Dorrit’s father is not very good with money. She was born in the Marshalsea debtors’ prison and has lived there with her family for all of her twenty-two years, only leaving during the day to work as a seamstress for the forbidding Mrs. Clennam. But Amy’s fortunes are about to...

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Martin Chuzzlewit
Written by Charles Dickens
Everyman's Library | Hardcover | March 1995
$20.00/27.95(Canada) | 978-0-679-43884-7 (0-679-43884-X)

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...

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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






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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Nicholas Nickleby
Written by Charles Dickens
Everyman's Library | Hardcover | October 1993
$27.00/32.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-42307-2 (0-679-42307-9)

Charles Dickens had an understanding of mid-Victorian society second to none, and genius and energy massive enough to make the absurdities and terrors of that society come alive on the page. Nicholas Nickleby, with its episodes of chicanery in finance and education, and the dramatic intensity with which it tells the...

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The Old Curiosity Shop
Written by Charles Dickens
Everyman's Library | Hardcover | August 1995
$25.00/28.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-44373-5 (0-679-44373-8)

Charles Dickens’s story of selfless Little Nell and her ailing grandfather and their persecution by the magnificently malignant villain Quilp has seized the imaginations and wrung the hearts of generations of readers.

Dickens’s talent was superabundant in every way: in his dramatic force and his massive productivity, in his almost surreal...

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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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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






Oliver Twist
Written by Charles Dickens
Everyman's Library | Hardcover | November 1992
$23.00/25.95(Canada) | 978-0-679-41724-8 (0-679-41724-9)

Oliver is an orphan living on the dangerous London streets with no one but himself to rely on. Fleeing from poverty and hardship, he falls in with a criminal street gang who will not let him go, however hard he tries to escape.

One of the most swiftly moving and unified of...

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Oliver Twist
Written by Charles Dickens, Adapted by Lester M. Schulman, Illustrated by Jean Zallinger
Random House Books for Young Readers | Trade Paperback | August 1990
$3.99/5.99(Canada) | 978-0-679-80391-1 (0-679-80391-2)

<p align="left">Oliver Twist is a desperate orphan. A gang of thieves takes him in and teaches him to steal, but then he is caught. What will become of poor Oliver Twist? Kids can find out in this easy-to-read chapter book adaptation of the Dickens classic. Read more






Oliver Twist
Written by Charles Dickens
Bantam Classics | Paperback | May 1982
$4.95/6.95(Canada) | 978-0-553-21102-3 (0-553-21102-1)

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 murderous bully Sikes, and the  terrible Fagin, that... 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






Our Mutual Friend
Written by Charles Dickens
Everyman's Library | Hardcover | May 1994
$26.00/30.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-42028-6 (0-679-42028-2)

When John Harmon—who has been left a fortune if he will marry the girl his miserly father chose for him—is found floating dead in the Thames, he sets in motion a story overflowing with cases of deception and mistaken identity, of murder and attempted murder, of sin and redemption. The influence...

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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






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 Pickwick Papers
Written by Charles Dickens
Bantam Classics | Paperback | August 1983
$6.99/9.99(Canada) | 978-0-553-21123-8 (0-553-21123-4)

The high-spirited work of a young Dickens, The Pickwick Papers is the remarkable first novel that made its author famous and that has remained one of the best-known books in the world. In it the inimitable Samuel Pickwick, his well-fed body and unsinkable good spirits clad in tights and gaiters, sallies... Read more






A Tale of Two Cities
Written by Charles Dickens
Everyman's Library | Hardcover | February 1993
$22.00/25.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-42073-6 (0-679-42073-8)

Lucie Manette had been separated from her father for eighteen years while he languished in Paris’s most feared prison, the Bastille. Finally reunited, the Manettes’s fortunes become inextricably intertwined with those of two men, the heroic aristocrat Darnay, and the dissolute lawyer, Carton. Their story, which encompasses violence, revenge, love and...

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A Tale of Two Cities
Written by Charles Dickens, Introduction by Simon Schama
Vintage | Trade Paperback | July 1990
$11.00/13.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-72965-5 (0-679-72965-8)

Set against the backdrop of the French Revolution, A Tale of Two Cities is one of Charles Dickens’s most popular and dramatic stories.

It begins on a muddy English road in an atmosphere charged with mystery and it ends in the Paris of the Revolution with one of the most famous acts... Read more






A Tale of Two Cities
Written by Charles Dickens
Bantam Classics | Paperback | June 1984
$4.95/7.50(Canada) | 978-0-553-21176-4 (0-553-21176-5)

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






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





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