Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens: The Mystery of Edwin Drood

Mystery_of_edwin_drood_0011The Mystery of Edwin Drood is the last novel by Charles Dickens, left unfinished at his death in 1870, after six of a planned twelve parts had been published in serialization.

The story is set in Cloisterham, a thinly-veiled version of the Kent cathedral town of Rochester, the setting for a murder to which the title refers. A number of adaptations have attempted to provide a resolution to the story.

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Charles Dickens: Our Mutual Friend

Illustration_Our_mutual_friend-gaffer_lizzie_1864Our Mutual Friend is Charles Dickens' last completed novel, originally serialized in 1864-5.  It's complex plot centres on a legacy left to John Harmon, on condition that he marry Bella Wilfer, a woman, he has never met.

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Charles Dickens: Little Dorrit

Little_Dorrit _Little_Dorrit_leaving_the_Marshalsea _by_PhizLittle Dorrit is a novel by Charles Dickens, originally serialized from 1855 to 1857. The title character, Amy Dorrit, begins the novel in Marshalsea Prison where her father is held as a debtor, as Dickens' own father had been in the 1820s. 

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Charles Dickens: Martin Chuzzlewit

Martin_chuzzlewit_Pecksniff_and_CoMartin Chuzzlewit is a novel by Charles Dickens, originally serialized from 1842 to 1844. In outline the plot is typically Dickensian, with a young protagonist's progress in the face of miserly and hypocritical villains, though in practice, Mr Pecksniff is one of the best-realised of the latter. Poor sales prompted a diversion of the story, introducing Martin's attempt to settle in America. The satirical portrayal of the United States, based on Dickens' 1842 visit, embroiled Dickens in a notorious transatlantic literary spat.

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Charles Dickens: Great Expectations

Great_Expectations_FrontispieceGreat Expectations is a novel by Charles Dickens, originally serialised from 1860 to 1861, when it was published in two volumes. In this tale of a young man's unexpected fortune, Dickens returns to some of the autobiographical themes of his earlier work, but employs them in the service of a famously suspenseful plot, producing perhaps the best-loved of his later novels.

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Charles Dickens: Nicholas Nickleby

Nicholas_nickleby08The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby is the third novel by Charles Dickens, originally serialised in 1838-9.

The story of a young man's progress in the face of hypocritical antagonists set the pattern for Dickens' mature novels, while retaining elements of broad comedy which have earned more popular success than critical praise.

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Charles Dickens: Hard Times

HT_Rachel_bending_over_Blackpool_(Harry_French)Hard Times is an 1852 novel by Charles Dickens. Set in the fictional Coketown in the North of England, it is Dickens' most sustained engagement with the world created by the industrial revolution. His portrayals of the characters of Thomas Gradgrind and Stephen Bounderby are a forceful satire of utilitarian ideas.

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Charles Dickens: Bleak House

Tom-All-Alone'sBleak House is a novel by Charles Dickens originally serialized between 1852 and 1853. The story's central thread is the long-running legal case of Jarndyce and Jarndyce, a pointed satire of the nineteenth century Court of Chancery which had a significant impact in promoting legal reform.

The novel's wide-ranging social observation included one of the first detective characters in English fiction, Inspector Bucket, who may have been inspired by the early Scotland Yard detective Jack Whicher.

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Charles Dickens: Dombey and Son

The_Dombey_family_(ch_3)Dombey and Son is a novel by Charles Dickens, originally serialised between 1846 and 1848. The plot centres on businessman Paul Dombey and his desire for an heir to continue his firm, giving Dickens the occasion for a critical occasion of arranged marriages and related institutions.

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Charles Dickens: A Tale of Two Cities

Character_sketches_of_romance _fiction_and_the_drama_(1892)_(14598443218)A Tale of Two Cities is an 1859 novel by Charles Dickens, his second on a historical subject, after Barnaby Rudge. Its famous opening lines encapsulate the Nineteenth Century's ambiguous view of the French Revolution. 

It is Dickens most substantial fictional excursion beyond England, and critics have been divided over his ability to deliver on his title's promise in portraying Paris as well as London. G.K. Chesterton argued that Dickens was a less natural European than Robert Carlyle, whose history informed his treatment of the revolution, but had more empathy for the revolutionaries.

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