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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 27, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1493599917
  • ISBN-13: 978-1493599912
  • Product Dimensions: 0.3 x 8.4 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,715 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Biography Charles John Huffam Dickens (7 February 1812 – 9 June 1870) was an English writer and social critic. He created some of the world's most memorable fictional characters and is generally regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian period. During his life, his works enjoyed unprecedented fame, and by the twentieth century his literary genius was broadly acknowledged by critics and scholars. His novels and short stories continue to be widely popular. Born in Portsmouth, England, Dickens left school to work in a factory after his father was thrown into debtors' prison. Over his career he edited a weekly journal for 20 years, wrote 15 novels, 5 novellas and hundreds of short stories and non-fiction articles, lectured and performed extensively, was an indefatigable letter writer, and campaigned vigorously for children's rights, education, and other social reforms. Dickens sprang to fame with the 1836 serial publication of The Pickwick Paper. Within a few years he had become an international literary celebrity, famous for his humour, 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. The installment format allowed Dickens to evaluate his audience's reaction, and he often modified his plot and character development based on such feedback. For example, when his wife's chiropodist expressed distress at the way Miss Mowcher in David Copperfield seemed to reflect her disabilities, Dickens went on to improve the character with positive features. Fagin in Oliver Twist apparently mirrors the famous fence Ikey Solomon; His caricature of Leigh Hunt in the figure of Mr Skimpole in Bleak House was likewise toned down on advice from some of his friends, as they read episodes. In the same novel, both Lawrence Boythorne and Mooney the beadle are drawn from real life – Boythorne from Walter Savage Landor and Mooney from 'Looney', a beadle at Salisbury Square. His plots were carefully constructed, and Dickens often wove in elements from topical events into his narratives. Masses of the illiterate poor chipped in happiness to have each new monthly episode read to them, opening up and inspiring a new class of readers.

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I happen to love Dicken's but couldn't get through this book when in high school (a long time ago!) so decided to re-read. Not a typical Dicken's novel; I've read almost all of Dicken's novels over the years-. Very good and I do recommend. This version is especially nicely done in that there is ample discussion of the book to read or not which may be helpful to the reader.
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By Jackie Kelly on July 1, 2014
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It did not impress ny wife
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This is a book set in the 18th century and published in 1859. Why is the Eiffel Tower (built in 1889) on the cover? If the Eiffel Tower is all you know about Paris, maybe you should start with a more basic book about French history before reading this one.
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By K. V. Joseph on March 29, 2014
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Like any other Charles Dickens book, its a great story. I actually bought it for my daughter, but I ended reading it.
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By mikkytb on July 29, 2014
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The book was in perfect shape, and the print was the perfect size for my older eyes!
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