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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.
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."
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'The greatest achievement of the greatest of all novelists' Leo Tolstoy
In David Copperfield - the novel he described as his 'favourite child' - Dickens drew on his own experiences to create one of his most moving and enduringly popular works, filled with tragedy and comedy in equal measure. It is the story of a young man's adventures on his journey from an unhappy childhood to the discovery of his vocation as a novelist. Among the gloriously vivid cast of characters he encounters are his tyrannical stepfather, Mr Murdstone; his brilliant but unworthy school-friend Steerforth; his formidable aunt, Betsey Trotwood; the eternally humble yet treacherous Uriah Heep; frivolous, enchanting Dora; and the magnificently impecunious Micawber, one of literature's great comic creations.
Edited with an Introduction and Notes by Jeremy Tambling
When a corpse is found in the Thames River and identified as John Harmon, many lives will be forever changed. John, who had been abroad and estranged from his miserly father for years, will no longer collect his inheritance. It will instead go to the miser’s employees, Mr. and Mrs. Boffin, transforming their circumstances. The miser’s will had placed a condition on John: marry Bella Wilfer, a woman he had never met, in order to collect the estate. Now Bella is on her own—until she is generously taken in by the Boffins.
These events not only alter the course of several lives, but also end a life—that of the waterman who found John’s body. Accused by a rival of murdering the heir, Gaffer Hexam is soon found drowned as well, resulting in a puzzling mystery and setting Gaffer’s impoverished daughter on a new path that will lead her in surprising, and dangerous, directions.
Blending propulsive plot twists with sharp social satire, Our Mutual Friend is the final masterpiece completed by Victorian England’s greatest novelist.
“In addition to its realistic police procedures and incisive criminal psychology, Our Mutual Friend is steeped in the gloomy atmosphere and foreboding imagery that one associates with the modern suspense thriller.” —The New York Times
Like that of the children in many of his novels, Dickens’ childhood was a difficult and unhappy one – his father, a navy clerk, was constantly in debt and was thrown in debtor’s prison and Dickens was sent to work in a blacking factory at the age of twelve. Most bitter for him was his parents’ failure to educate him. He reacted to this indifference by working hard, a lifelong characteristic.
Dickens's literary success began with the 1836 serial publication of The Pickwick Papers. Within a few years he had become an international literary celebrity, famous for his humor, satire, and keen observation of character and society. His novels, most published in monthly or weekly installments, pioneered the serial publication of narrative fiction, which became the dominant Victorian mode for novel publication.
Charles Dickens Six Pack is a two thousand page plus anthology presenting six of the best Dickens novels along with image galleries showcasing Dickens portraits, first edition covers and original illustrations.
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Orphaned at birth to labor in a workhouse, Oliver Twist is barely ten when he flees for London. There he befriends young Jack Dawkins, who educates the innocent Oliver in the ways of survival. When Jack draws Oliver into a gang of juvenile pickpockets, tutored by the unscrupulous Fagin, Oliver’s corruptive influences grow. But for a boy taught only wrong, Oliver must hold on to what he knows is right.
In Oliver Twist, Charles Dickens furiously condemns the realities of nineteenth-century England and rewards those who can escape them still pure at heart.
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Revised edition: Previously published as Oliver Twist, this edition of Oliver Twist (AmazonClassics Edition) includes editorial revisions.
Asquith, Cynthia: “The Corner Shop”
Benson, E. F.: “Caterpillars”
Benson, E. F.: “The Face”
Bierce, Ambrose: “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge”
Bierce, Ambrose: “The Middle Toe of the Right Foot”
Blackwood, Algernon: “The Willows”
Bowen, Marjorie: “Scoured Silk”
Braddon, M. E.: “The Shadow in the Corner”
Burke, Thomas: “The Hands of Mr. Ottermole”
Burrage, A. M.: “Smee”
Burrage, A. M.: “The Sweeper”
Chambers, Robert W.: “The Repairer of Reputations”
Cobb, Irvin S.: “Fishhead”
Crawford, F. Marion: “The Screaming Skull”
Daubeny, Ulric: “The Sumach”
Dickens, Charles: “The Signal-Man”
Doyle, Arthur Conan: “The Case of Lady Sannox”
Dunsany, Lord: “Distressing Tale of Thangobrind the Jeweler”
Edwards: Amelia B.: “The Four-Fifteen Express”
Edwards, Amelia B.: “The Phantom Coach”
Freeman, Mary E. Wilkins: “Luella Miller”
Freeman, Mary E. Wilkins: “The Shadows on the Wall”
Harvey, W. F.: “Across the Moors”
Harvey, W. F.: “The Beast with Five Fingers”
Hawthorne, Nathaniel: “The Ambitious Guest”
Hawthorne, Nathaniel: “Young Goodman Brown”
Hichens, Robert: “How Love Came to Professor Guildea”
Hodgson, William Hope: “The Shamraken Homeward-Bounder”
Jacobs, W. W.: “The Monkey’s Paw”
James, Henry: “The Turn of the Screw”
James, M. R.: “Oh, Whistle, and I’ll Come to You, My Lad”
James, M. R.: “The Treasure of Abbot Thomas”
Kafka, Franz: “In the Penal Colony”
Keller, David H.: “The Thing in the Cellar”
Kuttner, Henry: “The Graveyard Rats”
Le Fanu, J. Sheridan: “Carmilla”
Lovecraft, H. P.: “At the Mountains of Madness”
Lovecraft, H. P.: “The Shadow Over Innsmouth”
Lovecraft, H. P.: “The Call of Cthulhu”
Machen, Arthur: “The Great God Pan”
Nesbit, Edith: “The Shadow”
O’Sullivan, Vincent: “When I Was Dead”
Poe, Edgar Allan: “The Pit and the Pendulum”
Poe, Edgar Allan: “The Tell-Tale Heart”
Preston, Guy: “The Inn”
Ronan, Margaret: “Finger Finger”
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Steele, Wilbur Daniel: “The Woman at Seven Brothers”
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