Work

The Work of Charles Dickens

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Barnaby Rudge

Barnaby Rudge

Barnaby Rudge was actually the first novel that Dickens planned on writing. But maybe it's a good thing that didn't work out. One biographer calls Barnaby Rudge, "The least-read — and least-attractive — novel in the Dickens canon.”

Bleak House

Bleak House

Where do the X-Files and literature combine? Bleak House! This novel has the odd distinction of being perhaps the only work of classic literature featuring a character that dies by spontaneous combustion.

David Copperfield

David Copperfield

David Copperfield held a special place in Dickens’s heart. In the preface to the 1867 edition, Dickens wrote, “like many fond parents, I have in my heart of hearts a favourite child. And his name is David Copperfield.”

The Dombey Family

Dombey and Son

See why one Dickens expert says, “Dombey and Son is the closest Dickens ever came to writing a feminist novel.”

Great Expectations

Great Expectations

In Great Expectations Pip, like Dickens himself, dreams of becoming a gentleman. However during the course of the novel Pip comes to realize that there is more to life than wealth and station.

Hard Times

Hard Times

An interesting piece of trivia is that Hard Times is the shortest of all of Dickens's novels.

Little Dorrit

Little Dorrit

The Marshalsea debtor's prison plays a large part in Little Dorrit. What very few people knew was that Dickens's father had been sent to Marshalsea for three months.

Martin Chuzzlewit

Martin Chuzzlewit

Martin Chuzzlewit was written after Dickens traveled to America in 1842. The United States left quite an impression on Dickens, a very unfavorable impression.

Edwin Drood and Rosa Bud

The Mystery of Edwin Drood

Dickens was working on The Mystery of Edwin Drood when he passed away. How would he have ended the novel?

Nicholas Nickleby

Nicholas Nickleby

Dickens’s own mother, Elizabeth Dickens, was the model for the always confused, comic Mrs. Nickleby. Luckily for Charles she didn’t recognize herself in the character. In fact she asked someone if they “really believed there ever was such a woman”.

The Old Curiosity Shop

The Old Curiosity Shop

Dickens was traumatized by the death of Little Nell. As he was writing it he felt as though he were experiencing the death of one of his children. It also brought back painful memories of the death of his sister-in-law, Mary Hogarth.

Mary Scott Hogarth, sister-in-law of Charles Dickens

Oliver Twist

In June of 1837 something happened that only occurred once in Dickens’s career. He missed a deadline. There was no Pickwick. There was no Oliver Twist. Instead there was a funeral.

Our Mutual Friend

Our Mutual Friend

Our Mutual Friend was the fourteenth and last completed novel of Charles Dickens. He began writing it in 1863.

The Pickwick Papers

The Pickwick Papers

Dickens works a very serious subject into comedic Pickwick Papers, that of the injustice of the justice system. Dickens had a firsthand look at the legal system when he worked as a law clerk. Sadly, he didn't like what he saw.

A Tale of Two Cities

A Tale of Two Cities

A play, The Frozen Deep, was the inspiration for A Tale of Two Cities. In 1857 Dickens acted in the play. Not only did it give him the idea for A Tale of Two Cities, the play brought about lasting changes to Dickens's life in the form of Ellen Ternan.

Sketches by Boz

Boz

In December 1833 Charles Dickens' first literary effort was published. It was a sketch or essay entitled A Dinner at Poplar Walk. Other sketches soon followed. Dickens wanted a memorable way of identifying the sketches as his. What would be a good pen name?

The complete works of Charles Dickens

List of Works by Charles Dickens

What exactly did Dickens write? See a list of novels and short stories by Dickens.

Placing a value on old books

Placing a Value on Old Books

What would you do if you were cleaning the attic and found an old volume of Oliver Twist or Great Expectations? You'd probably wonder how much it was worth! Here are some resources that can help.

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