Wondering what books Dickens wrote? He wrote 15 novels. He also wrote short stories, essays, articles and novellas. Here's a list of all Dickens's novels as well as a partial listing of other items that he wrote.
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.”
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 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.”
Hard Times takes an unsympathetic look at Utilitarianism. This no-nonsense movement relied heavily on statistics, rules and regulations. Individualism and imagination are not highly valued in this philosophy.
Dickens’s own mother, Elizabeth Dickens, was the model for the always-confused Mrs. Nickleby. Luckily she didn’t recognize herself in the character. In fact, she asked someone if they “really believed there ever was such a woman”.
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.
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 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.
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?