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Great Expectations

Great Expectations

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Great Expectations by Charles Dickens  is the thirteenth novel by Charles Dickens and his penultimate completed novel. It depicts the education of an orphan nicknamed Pip (the book is a bildungsroman, a coming-of-age story).It is Dickens"s second novel, after David Copperfield, to be fully narrated in the first person.[N 1] The novel was first published as a serial in Dickens"s weekly periodical All the Year Round, from 1 December 1860 to August 1861. In October 1861, Chapman and Hall published the novel in three volumes.The novel is set in Kent and London in the early to mid-19th century and contains some of Dickens"s most celebrated scenes, starting in a graveyard, where the young Pip is accosted by the escaped convict Abel Magwitch. Great Expectations is full of extreme imagery – poverty, prison ships and chains, and fights to the death – and has a colourful cast of characters who have entered popular culture.These include the eccentric Miss Havisham, the beautiful but cold Estella, and Joe, the unsophisticated and kind blacksmith. Dickens"s themes include wealth and poverty, love and rejection, and the eventual triumph of good over evil. Great Expectations, which is popular both with readers and literary critics, has been translated into many languages and adapted numerous times into various media.

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A Message from the Sea

A Message from the Sea

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One of a series of episodic tales that Charles Dickens originally published in serial form, "A Message From the Sea" has one of the most beloved fiction writers in British literary history turning his attention to a quaint seaside village and the encounter between its residents and a hoary crew of sailors that wash up on its shore. A must-read for Dickens buffs or fans of nautically themed tales.As part of our mission to publish great works of literary fiction and nonfiction, Sheba Blake Publishing Corp. is extremely dedicated to bringing to the forefront the amazing works of long dead and truly talented authors.

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Nicholas Nickleby

Nicholas Nickleby

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"Nicholas Nickleby", the third novel by Charles Dickens first published in the serial format from 1838 to 1839, follows the life of young Nicholas Nickleby. Nicholas Nickleby, an 18-year-old gentleman"s son, is left to take care of his mother and his beautiful sister Kate after his father"s death. His father left them no money, and his dying wish was that the family goes to London and turns to help to his brother Ralph, a well-to-do businessman.Uncle Ralph is not at all happy about Nicholas, Kate, and Mrs. Nickleby showing up on his doorstep, but he feels obligated to do something for them. He finds them a place to live and helps Nicholas to get a job as a headmaster"s assistant at Dotheboys Hall, a boarding school for boys in Yorkshire. Mr. Squeers, the headmaster, turns out to be a monster terribly abusing the students, especially one older boy, a poor cripple named Smike. One day, when the boy is once again being beaten, Nicholas interferes, thrashes the headmaster, and runs away from the school. Smike joins him.They travel to Portsmouth, where they are unexpectedly invited to join a theatre as actors. Things seem to go well, until Nicholas learns that his sister Kate is in trouble. Uncle Ralph, under whose protection the young lady was left, is using her to entertain his rich clients, caring little for her discomfort when those clients" advances go too far. Nicholas rushes back to London to defend the honour of his sister."Nicholas Nickleby" is Dickens" commentary on the educational system in place in England when he was growing up. In it he uses "Dotheboys Hall" as the school setting where his main character, who is a teacher"s aide, finally rebels at the evil of his boss and strikes out on his own. Another powerful social commentary, and one that led directly to legislation to correct the perceptions/situations Dickens" identifies.

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Mugby Junction

Mugby Junction

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Mugby Junction" is an intriguing composite of tales. it contains one of Dickens" most celebrated ghost tales, "The Signalman," as well as short stories by Charles Collins, Hesbah Stretton, Andrew Halliday, and Amelia Edwards. Arriving at Mugby Junction in an attempt to escape his unhappy past, Barbox Brothers befriends a workman and his invalid daughter. With their help, he sets his sights on discovering which of the seven lines of the junction will most aid him in his journey of escape. In exploring one such line, he meets "the woman he had lost," only to return to Mugby Junction once this has played out. Staying there, and continuing his friendship with the workman and his daughter, he collects the myriad stories he hears tell of at the junction. Charles Dickens is one of England"s most important literary figures.

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David Copperfield (Unabridged)

David Copperfield (Unabridged)

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This is an awesome book. It is a book for everyone. "The most perfect of all the Dickens novels." --Virginia WoolfDavid Copperfield is the common name of the eighth novel by Charles Dickens, first published as a novel in 1850.Dickens, with his amazing power of narration, takes us on David"s journey with him and not for once did I think of getting off the ride. The struggles and blows David undergoes have made me cry and just as well, his happy moments have made me gleeful.David Copperfield has crossed the limits of written literature and has created a screen where a posthumous boy"s life has been portrayed. His emotional attachment with his mother, his nurse Peggotty and later his wife displays David"s soft nature, while his resolute nature is equally expressed as he hunts for his once-best friend in his mission to save an innocent victim from the former"s clutches.David is a perfect image of a boy"s and then a man"s personality, and hence it is quite easy to fall for him!

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The Mystery of Edwin Drood

The Mystery of Edwin Drood

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"The Mystery of Edwin Drood" is an unfinished novel by Charles Dickens, published posthumously in 1870. Only 6 of the 12 projected parts had been completed by the time of Dickens’s death.Although Dickens had included touches of the gothic and horrific in his earlier works, "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" was his only true mystery story. He left few clues as to how he intended to end the work, and the solution itself remains a mystery.Edwin Drood is the ward of Jack Jasper, the choirmaster of Cloisterham and an outwardly respectable opium addict. Jasper secretly loves Drood’s fiancée, Rosa Bud. Drood and Rosa no longer love each other and break their engagement. Drood disappears soon thereafter. Neville Landless, also in love with Rosa, is arrested for Drood’s murder but is released when no body is found. Jasper confesses his love to Rosa and threatens to incriminate Neville unless she returns his love. Datchery, a stranger, arrives, shadowing and vexing Jasper...(Source: britannica.com)

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Three Ghost Stories

Three Ghost Stories

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Three Ghost Stories by Charles Dickens. Three Ghost Stories is just that: a collection of three different stories that are true Gothic classics. The three stories, The Haunted House,   The Trial for Murder and The Signal Man,were sensational for their time and continue to hold up well, thanks to Charles Dickens' superb skills at storytelling. The Signal Man is the most well known of the three, chronicling the haunting of a railroad signal man who is visited by a ghost just before a tragic event is to happen on the railway. If you like Dickens and tales of spectres and the supernatural, you'll love Three Ghost Stories.

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The Mystery of Edwin Drood

The Mystery of Edwin Drood

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An ancient English Cathedral Tower?  How can the ancient English Cathedral tower be here!  The well-known massive gray square tower of its old Cathedral?  How can that be here!  There is no spike of rusty iron in the air, between the eye and it, from any point of the real prospect.  What is the spike that intervenes, and who has set it up?  Maybe it is set up by the Sultan’s orders for the impaling of a horde of Turkish robbers, one by one.  It is so, for cymbals clash, and the Sultan goes by to his palace in long procession.  Ten thousand scimitars flash in the sunlight, and thrice ten thousand dancing-girls strew flowers.  Then, follow white elephants caparisoned in countless gorgeous colours, and infinite in number and attendants.  Still the Cathedral Tower rises in the background, where it cannot be, and still no writhing figure is on the grim spike.  Stay!  Is the spike so low a thing as the rusty spike on the top of a post of an old bedstead that has tumbled all awry?  Some vague period of drowsy laughter must be devoted to the consideration of this possibility.

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Oliver Twist

Oliver Twist

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Among other public buildings in a certain town, which for many reasons it will be prudent to refrain from mentioning, and to which I will assign no fictitious name, there is one anciently common to most towns, great or small: to wit, a workhouse; and in this workhouse was born; on a day and date which I need not trouble myself to repeat, inasmuch as it can be of no possible consequence to the reader, in this stage of the business at all events; the item of mortality whose name is prefixed to the head of this chapter. For a long time after it was ushered into this world of sorrow and trouble, by the parish surgeon, it remained a matter of considerable doubt whether the child would survive to bear any name at all; in which case it is somewhat more than probable that these memoirs would never have appeared; or, if they had, that being comprised within a couple of pages, they would have possessed the inestimable merit of being the most concise and faithful specimen of biography, extant in the literature of any age or country.

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Charles Dickens Best Novels

Charles Dickens Best Novels

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Charles John Huffam Dickens FRSA (7 February 1812 – 9 June 1870) was an English writer and social critic. He created some of the world's best-known fictional characters and is regarded by many as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era. His works enjoyed unprecedented popularity during his lifetime, and by the 20th century, critics and scholars had recognised him as a literary genius. His novels and short stories are still widely read today. In this book, we have collected Dicken's nine best novels: Great Expectations Oliver Twist Nicholas Nickleby A Christmas Carol David Copperfield Bleak House Little Dorrit A Tale of Two Cities The Pickwick Papers We consider them to be the best because of the great success they've had. A well-structured, easy-to-read book, suitable for any e-reader, tablet or computer. The reader will go from one novel to another one as quick as possible. In this collection, we have also included a detailed biography of Charles Dickens.

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