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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: 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: Oliver Twist

The_Writings_of_Charles_Dickens_v4_p12_(engraving)Oliver Twist, or the Parish Boy's Progress is the second novel by Charles Dickens. Originally published in serial form between 1837 and 1839, it caused a sensation with sharp satire of early Victorian social attitudes, and its unsparing portrayal of a young orphan's encounter with a world of poverty and crime.

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