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Charles Dickens - Author

Charles Dickens was an English writer and social critic who is generally regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian period and the creator of some of the world's most memorable fictional characters. During his lifetime Dickens's works enjoyed unprecedented popularity and fame, and by the twentieth century his literary genius was fully recognized by critics and scholars. His novels and short stories continue to enjoy an enduring popularity among the general reading public.

Throughout 2012 there are numerous Dickens Events mark the bicentenary of his birth - www.dickens2012.org .

He was born Charles John Huffam Dickens on 7th February 1812, in Portsmouth, to John, a clerk at the Naval Pay Office, and Elizabeth Dickens. The good fortune of being sent to school at the age of nine was short-lived because his father, inspiration for the character of Mr Micawber in David Copperfield, was imprisoned for bad debt in the Marshalsea in 1824.

Like many others, he began his literary career as a journalist. His own father became a reporter and Charles began with the journals 'The Mirror of Parliament' and 'The True Sun'. Then in 1833 he became parliamentary journalist for The Morning Chronicle. With new contacts in the press he was able to publish a series of sketches under the pseudonym 'Boz'.

Dickens would go on to write 15 major novels and countelss short stories and also a published autobiography. He edited weekly periodicals including 'Household Words' and 'All Year Round', wrote travel books and administered charitable organisations.

He was estranged from his wife in 1858 after the birth of their ten children..
He died of a stroke on 9th June 1870. He wished to be buried, without fanfare, in a small cemetery in Rochester, but the Nation would not allow it. He was laid to rest in Poet's Corner, Westminster Abbey, the flowers from thousands of mourners overflowing the open grave. Among the more beautiful bouquets were many simple clusters of wildflowers, wrapped in rags.

The Charles Dickens Museum can be found at 48 Doughty Street, London. Two of his daughters were born here, his sister-in-law Mary died aged 17 in an upstairs bedroom and some of Dickens’s best-loved novels were written here, including Oliver Twist and Nicholas Nickleby.

Sketches by Boz (1836)
Pickwick Papers (serialized monthly 1836-37)
Oliver Twist (serialized monthly 1837-39)
Nicholas Nickleby (serialized monthly 1838-39)
The Old Curiosity Shop (serialized weekly 1840-41)
Barnaby Rudge (serialized weekly 1841)
Martin Chuzzlewit (serialized monthly 1843-44)
Dombey and Son (serialized monthly 1846-48)
David Copperfield (serialized monthly 1849-50)
Bleak House (serialized monthly 1852-53)
Hard Times (serialized weekly 1854)
Little Dorrit (serialized monthly 1855-57)
A Tale of Two Cities (serialized weekly 1859)
Great Expectations (serialized weekly 1860-61)
Our Mutual Friend (serialized monthly 1864-65)
The Mystery of Edwin Drood - unfinished (serialized monthly 1870)

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Quentin Blake's a Christmas Carol
Charles Dickens - illustrated by Quentin Blake
Best-selling illustrator Quentin Blake brings fresh appeal to Charles Dickens's classic Christmas story in this lovely edition. He captures the essence of the miserable Ebenezer Scrooge who would like to live without kindness, charity, love and especially Christmas which he...
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A Christmas Carol
Charles Dickens - illustrated by Arthur Rackham
“Bah!” said Scrooge. “Humbug. ” Christmas calls for a reading of A Christmas Carol! Charles Dickens's story of mean old Ebenezer Scrooge who hates Christmas and refuses to celebrate or even allow others to celebrate. But then, one year, he...
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Format: Hardback | Released 06/11/2014
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A Christmas Carol
Charles Dickens - illustrated by Alan Marks
Ebenezer Scrooge is a mean-spirited old man who hates everything - even Christmas! But when three spirits visit him one Christmas Eve, Scrooge is taken on a journey into the past, present and future that will change him forever.
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A Christmas Carol
Charles Dickens
Ebenezer Scrooge is famous for hating Christmas. He hates the celebration and the feasting, regarding it all as humbug! But then he is visited by the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come, as well as the ghost...
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Format: Paperback | Released 06/09/2012
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A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Stories
Charles Dickens
Ebenezer Scrooge is famous for hating Christmas. He hates the celebration and the feasting regarding it all as humbug! But then he is visited by the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come as well as the ghost...
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Format: Hardback | Released 02/08/2012
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Quentin Blake's A Christmas Carol
Charles Dickens
Best-selling illustrator Quentin Blake brings fresh appeal to Charles Dickens's classic Christmas story in this lovely edition. He captures the essence of the miserable Ebenezer Scrooge who would like to live without kindness, charity, love and especially Christmas which he...
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Format: Hardback | Released 15/09/2011
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Oliver Twist (Oxford Children's Classics)
Charles Dickens
Well-produced for younger readers, this handsome and easy-to-read edition makes an excellent introduction to one of Charles Dickens's best-loved novel. The story of Oliver, the boy who famously asked for “More” leading to his expulsion from the workhouse and subsequent...
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Format: Hardback | Released 04/03/2010
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A Christmas Carol (Classics Illustrated)
Charles Dickens
The Lovereading comment: This edition of The Christmas Carol is one of a range of marvellous comic books created in the '50s and '60s now with artwork re-coloured and covers digitally enhanced for a new generation. Perfect bound at a...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/12/2009
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A Christmas Carol, Illustrated Edition
Charles Dickens
“Bah!” “Humbug!” Ebenezer Scrooge hates Christmas and he does his best to stop others enjoying it either. But then he gets a visit from three ghostly visitors – the ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Yet to Come. The three...
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Format: Paperback | Released 07/09/2009
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A Tale of Two Cities
Charles Dickens
All the action, bravery and romance of those living through the bloody drama of the French Revolution with the unflinching emblem of the guillotine always in the background are unfolded in Charles Dickens's classic A Tale of Two Cities. Charles...
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Format: Paperback | Released 05/03/2009
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Oliver Twist (Classics Illustrated)
Charles Dickens
The classic tale of Oliver Twist brought to life in full colour. This beautiful version of Charles Dickens' tale of childhood in Victorian times will delight readers of all ages. From those who remember the original Classics Illustrated, to new...
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Format: Paperback | Released 25/10/2008
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A Christmas Carol: The Graphic Novel (Original Text)
Charles Dickens
The original Christmas tale is brought to life in this colourful graphic novel adaptation. It is the second Charles Dickens title from Classical Comics and probably his best-loved story. Set in Victorian England and highlighting the social injustice of the...
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Format: Paperback | Released 13/10/2008
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A Christmas Carol: The Graphic Novel (Quick Text)
Charles Dickens
This is the full story in quick modern English for a fast-paced read. The original Christmas tale is brought to life in this colourful graphic novel adaptation. It is the second Charles Dickens title from Classical Comics and probably his...
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Format: Paperback | Released 13/10/2008
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A Christmas Carol with A Christmas Tree (illustrated by Robert Ingpen)
Charles Dickens - illustrated by Robert Ingpen
A favourite of Michael Morpurgo: "The first few pages were so engaging, Marley's ghostly face on the knocker of Scrooge's door still gives me the shivers." This gorgeous and sumptuously illustrated new edition of the completely unabridged A Christmas Carol...
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Format: Hardback | Released 01/09/2008
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A Christmas Carol (with an introduction by Anthony Horowitz)
Charles Dickens
Christmas: everyone loves Christmas except for Ebenezer Scrooge whose name has become synonymous with a miserly outlook on life. Hating Christmas as usual and doing all he can to spoil everyone else's fun, Scrooge is visited by three ghosts one...
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Format: Paperback | Released 07/08/2008
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Oliver Twist (with an Introduction by Garth Nix)
Charles Dickens
Chosen by Michael Morpurgo. As famous lines go in literature, ‘Please sir, I want some more' is one that not many children are unaware of but have they read the book from which it came? If not, then Oliver Twist,...
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Format: Paperback | Released 28/02/2008
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A Christmas Carol
Charles Dickens
From Michael Morpurgo: "The first few pages were so engaging, Marley's ghostly face on the knocker of Scrooge's door still gives me the shivers."
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Format: Paperback | Released 21/02/2008
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A Child's History Of England
Charles Dickens
History is boring? Well think again. This piece of history and literature by Charles Dickens provides a fast-paced, relevant, exciting history with witty observations and compelling narrative, which will capture a child's (and parents) imagination. It's an absolutely fascinating treasure...
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Format: Paperback | Released 04/10/2007
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A Christmas Carol
Charles Dickens
Originally published well over 150 years ago this classic from Charles Dickens remains as important in the world of children's literature as ever. It has captured the hearts and minds of children everywhere over generations and this marvellous new edition complete...
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Format: Hardback | Released 02/10/2006
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Great Expectations
Charles Dickens
October 2011 Guest Editor Roddy Doyle: A small boy called Pip is in a graveyard just as it's getting dark. He's looking at the grave where his parents and five brothers are buried. An escaped convict jumps out from behind...
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Format: Paperback (b Format) | Released 30/01/2003
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Hard Times
Charles Dickens
Coketown is dominated by the figure of Mr Thomas Gradgrind, school headmaster and model of Utilitarian success. Feeding both his pupils and family with facts, he bans fancy and wonder from any young minds. As a consequence, his obedient daughter...
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Format: Paperback | Released 31/03/1994
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