The Pickwick Papers
By (author) Charles Dickens
Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens
Book DescriptionThis novel, written when Dickens was only 25 years old, immediately brought him immense popularity. Presenting a host of now-classic characters in a series of adventures, it displays the richness of his skills of characterization and description.Mr Samuel Pickwick is general chairman of the Pickwick Club, whose members - Tracy Tupman, Augustus Snodgrass, and Nathaniel Winkle - form a society to report their adventures and observations. From these reports emerge the rascal Jingle and his servant, Job Trotter, Mr Wardle in his hospitable Dingley Dell, the engaging Sam Weller, the greedy drunkard Stiggins, and many more of Dickens's best-loved characters.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780553211238
(175mm x 109mm x 37mm)
Imprint: Bantam USA
Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group Inc
Publish Date: 20-Jan-1984
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Charles Dickens
Select Short Fiction, Paperback (December 2016)
In his shorter fiction, Dickens investigated hitherto unexplored themes and engaged in experiments with narrative techniques. This collection focuses on tales of the supernatural, impressionistic sketches, and dramatic monologues.
Hard Times, Paperback (December 2016)
"An excellent collection of critical and social commentary that will help to make Dickens' image of Victorian England meaningful to all students."-John Howard Wilson, Dakota Wesleyan University
Christmas Carol, Paperback (November 2016)
Miserly Ebenezer Scrooge is visited on Christmas Eve by the three ghosts of Christmas. They show him the joy of Christmas, and wretchedness of his own legacy. Inspired and chastened by what he has seen, Scrooge resolves to change and from then on embraces and promotes the true spirit of Christmas.
Signalman, Paperback (October 2016)» View all books by Charles Dickens
Designed and illustrated by Seth, this reissue breathes new life into a work many consider Dickens' best ghost story.
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Author Biography - 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 joined him in jail. This three-month separation caused Charles much pain; his experiences as a child alone in a huge city cold, isolated with barely enough to eat haunted him for the rest of his life. When the family fortunes improved, Charles went back to school, after which he became an office boy, a freelance reporter and finally an author. With Pickwick Papers (1836-7) he achieved immediate fame; in a few years he was easily the post popular and respected writer of his time. It has been estimated that one out of every ten persons in Victorian England was a Dickens reader. Oliver Twist (1837), "Nicholas Nickleby "(1838-9) and "The Old Curiosity Shop "(1840-41) were huge successes. "Martin Chuzzlewit "(1843-4) was less so, but Dickens followed it with his unforgettable, A Christmas Carol" "(1843), Bleak House" "(1852-3), Hard Times (1854) and" Little Dorrit "(1855-7)" "reveal his deepening concern for the injustices of British Society. A Tale of Two Cities" "(1859), Great Expectations (1860-1) and "Our Mutual Friend "(1864-5) complete his major works. Dickens s marriage to Catherine Hoggarth produced ten children but ended in separation in 1858. In that year he began a series of exhausting public readings; his health gradually declined. After putting in a full day s work at his home at Gads Hill, Kent on June 8, 1870, Dickens suffered a stroke, and he died the following day."
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