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About Charles Dickens
Charles Dickens was born in 1812 near Portsmouth where his father was a clerk in the navy pay office. The family moved to London in 1823, but their fortunes were severely impaired. Dickens was sent to work in a blacking-warehouse when his father was imprisoned for debt. Both experiences deeply affected the future novelist. In 1833 he began contributing stories to newspapers and magazines, and in 1836 started the serial publication of Pickwick Papers. Thereafter, Dickens published his major novels over the course of the next twenty years, from Nicholas Nickleby to Little Dorrit. He also edited the journals Household Words and All the Year Round. Dickens died in June 1870.
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The storming of the Bastille…the death carts with their doomed human cargo…the swift drop of the guillotine blade—this is the French Revolution that Charles Dickens vividly captures in his famous work A Tale of Two Cities. With dramatic eloquence, he brings to life a time of terror and treason, a starving people rising in frenzy and hate to overthrow a corrupt and decadent regime. With insight and compassion, Dickens casts his novel of unforgettable scenes with some memorable characters: the sinister Madame Defarge, knitting her patterns of death; the gentle Lucie Manette, unswerving in her devotion to her broken father; Charles Darnay, the lover with a secret past; and dissolute Sydney Carton, whose unlikely heroism gives his life meaning.
Suddenly fatherless and penniless, young Nicholas Nickleby can find no help for himself and his family. His uncle Ralph may be rich, but he is neither a kind nor an honorable man—so it is up to Nicholas to take responsibility.
His adventures in Victorian England will take Nicholas to a job at a boys’ school run by a brutal and dictatorial headmaster, a London slum, and a theater troupe where he works under an assumed name—and into a web of revenge, blackmail, and kidnapping—as he struggles to overcome the evil forces arrayed against him.
“The novel has everything . . . a supporting cast of heroes, villains and eccentrics, set in a London where vast wealth and desperate poverty live cheek-by-jowl.” —The Times
It is set among marshes in Kent, and in London, in the early to mid-1800s, and contains some of Dickens' most memorable scenes, including the opening, in a graveyard, where the young Pip is accosted by the escaped convict, Abel Magwitch. GREAT EXPECTATIONS is full of extreme imagery -poverty; prison ships and chains, and fights to the death-and has a colorful cast of characters who have entered popular culture. Dickens's themes include wealth and poverty, love and rejection, and the eventual triumph of good over evil. GREAT EXPECTATIONS is popular both with readers and literary critics, and has been translated into many languages, and adapted numerous times into various media.
Upon its release, the novel received near universal acclaim. Thomas Carlyle spoke disparagingly of "all that Pip's nonsense". Later, George Bernard Shaw praised the novel, as "All of one piece and consistently truthful." During the serial publication, Dickens was pleased with public response to GREAT EXPECTATIONS and its sales; when the plot first formed in his mind, he called it "a very fine, new and grotesque idea."
In this accessible history volume, Charles Dickens turns his talents to the saga of the United Kingdom. With characteristic wit and perspicacity, he brings the kings, soldiers, and civilians who shaped England, Scotland, and Ireland to vivid life. Beginning in 50 B.C.E. and extending through the reign of James II in 1688, this immensely readable book offers readers a complete and engaging look at England’s past.
Originally appearing in serial form, A Child’s History of England provides rare snapshots of Britain throughout the ages as rendered by an unparalleled master.
This ebook has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices.
Samuel Pickwick is the founder and perpetual president of the Pickwick Club. He and his fellow Pickwickians travel to the far-flung corners of London in search of adventure – luckily for the gentlemen, amusement and hilarity are never in short supply. Along their way, they encounter plenty of characters – from villains who land them in deep trouble to one woman who sues Pickwick to force him into marriage, providing the Pickwickians with plenty of tales to entertain.
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Episode 1: Released on September 6, 2012. 46 pages. Chapters 1 and 2, originally released in March 1836.
Episode 2: Released on September 13, 2012. 51 pages. Chapters 3 - 5, originally released in April 1836.
Episode 3: Released on September 19, 2012. 63 pages. Chapters 6 - 8, originally released in May 1836.
Episode 4: Released on September 26, 2012. 63 pages. Chapters 9 - 11, originally released in June 1836.
Episode 5: Released on October 3, 2012. 64 pages. Chapters 12 - 14, originally released in July 1836.
Episode 6: Released on October 10, 2012. 63 pages. Chapters 15 - 17, originally released in August 1836.
Episode 7: Released on October 17, 2012. 61 pages. Chapters 18 - 20, originally released in September 1836.
Episode 8: Released on October 24, 2012. 66 pages. Chapters 21 - 23, originally released in October 1836.
Episode 9: Released on October 31, 2012. 60 pages. Chapters 24 - 26, originally released in November 1836.
Episode 10: Released on November 7, 2012. 50 pages. Chapters 27 and 28, originally released in December 1836.
Episode 11: Released on November 14, 2012. 57 pages. Chapters 29 - 31, originally released in January 1837.
Episode 12: Released on November 21,2012. 46 pages. Chapters 32 and 33, originally released in February 1837.
Episode 13: Released on November 28, 2012. 79 pages. Chapters 34 - 36, originally released in March 1837.
Episode 14: Released on December 5, 2012. 65 pages. Chapters 37 - 39, originally released in April 1837.
Episode 15: Released on December 12, 2012. 62 pages. Chapters 40 - 42, originally released in June 1837.
Episode 16: Released on December 19, 2012. 66 pages. Chapters 43 - 45, originally released in July 1837.
Episode 17: Released on December 27, 2012. 53 pages. Chapters 46 - 48, originally released in August 1837.
Episode 18: Released on January 2, 2013. 79 pages. Chapters 49 - 51, originally released in September 1837.
Episodes 19 & 20: Released on January 9, 2013. 78 pages. Chapters 52 - 57. Originally released together in October 1837
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