- Series: Penguin Clothbound Classics
- Hardcover: 3488 pages
- Publisher: Penguin; Box edition (November 23, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0141198419
- ISBN-13: 978-0141198415
- Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 5 x 8.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 30 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,637 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Major Works of Charles Dickens (Great Expectations / Hard Times / Oliver Twist / A Christmas Carol / Bleak House / A Tale of Two Cities) (Penguin Clothbound Classics) Hardcover – November 23, 2011
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Charles Dickens was born on 7 February 1812. He began Oliver Twist in 1837, followed by Nicholas Nickleby (1838) and The Old Curiosity Shop (1840-41). A Christmas Carol, appeared in 1843, David Copperfield in 1850. In later works, such as Bleak House (1853) and Little Dorrit (1857), Dickens's social criticism became more radical and his comedy more savage. He published Hard Times in 1854, A Tale of Two Cities in 1859 and Great Expectations in 1860. His last novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, was never completed and he died on 9 June 1870.
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Skip the introductions and notes. The former are - at times - salted with modern slants aimed towards the ridiculous and the latter - at times - tend to reveal events (in the literature) yet to be occur.
Plot, setting, and character are richly developed in each story.
For those who might think these books too "difficult" - horse hockey! It was pleasure to read "Great Expectations" without worrying about the color of some characters apparel or memorize the closing thoughts expressed in "ATOTC". In each story there arose a pinnacle of action - something unexpected - that caused this reader to halt in mild shock. Did that just happen? Oh my!
Listed in order of this reader's favorites here are the books in this collection: A Tale of Two Cities/ / Bleak House / A Christmas Carol ( &c. ) / Oliver Twist / Hard Times / Great Expectations ; there is not a dud nor a near dud in the lot.
Now here we are a year later and the beautiful patterns that are on the covers (which is what attracted me to this collection in the first place) is wearing off all of them. It started only a few days after he started reading them. It was really disappointing. Other than that it’s a great collection.