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Charles Dickens Novels

Great Expectations

Nicholas Nickleby

A Tale of Two Cities

A Christmas Carol

The Adventures of Oliver Twist

David Copperfield

Hard Times

The Old Curiosity Shop

Bleak House

Little Dorrit

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Barnaby Rudge

The Pickwick Papers

Our Mutual Friend

Delphi Complete Works of Charles Dickens
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Charles Dickens Bio

Charles DickensCharles John Huffam Dickens, celebrated english novelist, was born on February 7, 1812, the son of John and Elizabeth Dickens. John Dickens was a clerk in the Naval Pay Office. Dicken's early life was shrouded in a gloom that began when his father, who had a poor head for finances, found himself imprisoned for debt in 1824. His wife and children, with the exception of Charles, who was put to work at Warren's Blacking Factory, joined him in the Marshalsea Prison. When the family finances were put at least partly to rights and his father was released, the twelve-year-old Dickens, already scarred psychologically by the experience, was further wounded by his mother's insistence that he continue to work at the factory. His father, however, rescued him from that fate, and between 1824 and 1827 Dickens was a day pupil at a school in London. At fifteen, he found employment as an office boy at an attorney's, while he studied shorthand at night. His brief stint at the Blacking Factory haunted him all of his life — he spoke of it only to his wife and to his closest friend, John Forster — but the dark secret became a source both of creative energy and of the preoccupation with the themes of alienation and betrayal which would emerge, most notably, in David Copperfield and in Great Expectations.¹ read more

Charles Dickens Quotes

"Reflect on your present blessings, of which every man has many; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some."

"To conceal anything from those to whom I am attached, is not in my nature. I can never close my lips where I have opened my heart."

"Although a skillful flatterer is a most delightful companion if you have him all to yourself, his taste becomes very doubtful when he takes to complimenting other people."

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