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One of the grand masters of Victorian literature, Charles Dickens was born on February 7, 1812, in Landport, Portsea, England. He died in Kent on June 9, 1870. The second of eight children of a family continually plagued by debt, the young Dickens came to know not only hunger and privation, but also the horror of the infamous debtors' prison and the evils of child labor. A turn of fortune in the shape of a legacy brought release from the nightmare of prison and "slave" factories and afforded Dickens the opportunity of two years' formal schooling at Wellington House Academy. He worked as an attorney's clerk and newspaper reporter until his Sketches by Boz (1836) and The Pickwick Papers (1837) brought him the amazing and instant success that was to be his for the remainder of his life. In later years, the pressure of serial writing, editorial duties, lectures, and social commitments led to his separation from Catherine Hogarth after 23 years of marriage. It also hastened his death at the age of 58, when he was characteristically engaged in a multitude of work.
Wanted to re-read this book after reading it in high school 50 years ago. While at times I had difficulty understanding what Dickens just said, I also found his writing to be... Read morePublished 29 days ago by Amazon Customer
The fact this came with two books for the price of one AND they were the two books I was searching for made me so happy. Very cute cover too.Published 2 months ago by Jillian
maybe great books but the speed at which they are read put me to sleepPublished 5 months ago by mychemcutler
I had never read A Tale of Two Cities, and I found it good but not as engaging as some of Dickens' works. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Amazing to read these again after all these years...I got this two-fer mainly for the Tale of Two Cities but ended up enjoying Great Expectations even more!Published 6 months ago by Marla Sather