This book-collection file includes: Pickwick Papers, Oliver Twist, Nicholas Nickleby, Old Curiosity Shop, Barnaby Rudge, Martin Chuzzlewit, Dombey and son, David Copperfield, Bleak House, Hard Time, Little Dorrit, Tale of Two Cities, Great Expectations, Our Mutual Friend, No Thoroughfare (with Wilkie Collins), and Mystery of Edwin Drood (unfinished). According to Wikipedia: "Charles John Huffam Dickens, (7 February 1812 9 June 1870), pen-name "Boz", was one of the most popular English novelists of the Victorian era as well as a vigorous social campaigner. Critics George Gissing and G. K. Chesterton championed Dickens's mastery of prose, his endless invention of unique, clever personalities, and his powerful social sensibilities, but fellow writers such as George Henry Lewes, Henry James, and Virginia Woolf faulted his work for sentimentality, implausible occurrences, and grotesque characterizations. The popularity of Dickens's novels and short stories has meant that they have never gone out of print. Many of Dickens's novels first appeared in periodicals and magazines in serialized forma popular format for fiction at the timeand, unlike many other authors who completed entire novels before serial production commenced, Dickens often composed his works in parts, in the order in which they were meant to appear. Such a practice lent his stories a particular rhythm, punctuated by one minor "cliffhanger" after another, to keep the (original) public looking forward to the next installment."
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B&R Samizdat Express
October 31, 2012
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