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Some Short Christmas Stories

Some Short Christmas Stories

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Some Short Christmas Stories by Charles Dickens. Classic holiday stories from the greatest Christmas storytellers of all time Charles Dickens. Contents include A Christmas Tree What Christmas is as we Grow Older The Poor Relation's Story The Child's Story The Schoolboy's Story Nobody's Story. It is said that Charles Dickens invented Christmas, and within these pages you'll certainly find all the elements of a quintessential traditional Christmas brought to vivid life: snowy rooftops, gleaming shop windows, steaming bowls of punch, plum puddings like speckled cannon balls, sage and onion stuffing, miracles, magic, charity and goodwill.

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Little Dorrit

Little Dorrit

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Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens is a classic tale of imprisonment, both literal and metaphorical, while Dickens' working title for the novel, Nobody's Fault, highlights its concern with personal responsibility in private and public life. Dickens' childhood experiences inform the vivid scenes in Marshalsea debtor's prison, while his adult perceptions of governmental failures shape his satirical picture of the Circumlocution Office. The novel's range of characters - the honest, the crooked, the selfish and the self-denying - offers a portrait of society about whose values Dickens had profound doubts. Little Dorrit is indisputably one of Dickens' finest works, written at the height of his powers. George Bernard Shaw called it ‘a masterpiece among masterpieces’, a vedict shared by the novel's many admirers.

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Doctor Marigold

Doctor Marigold

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Doctor Marigold by Charles Dickens. Doctor Marigold was originally published in All the Year Round in 1865. A quote from the Hesperus book jacket reads, " Named after the doctor who delivered him as a baby, Doctor Marigold is a poor hawker who, after a dreadful turn of events, finds happiness with his adopted daughter Sophy. She is a deaf mute, and to help her learn to read and communicate, Doctor Marigold 'prescribes' her various stories, which he collects into a book while she is at school. These prescriptions, written by Dickens and five other distinguished Victorian writers, are tales of adventure and romance, featuring thieves, kidnappings and witchcraft. Together, they form a wonderful selection of stories that are told with the clever wit and brilliant description that characterise Dickens' writing."

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The Cricket on the Hearth

The Cricket on the Hearth

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The Cricket on the Hearth by Charles Dickens. John Peerybingle, a carrier, lives with his young wife Dot, their baby boy and their nanny Tilly Slowboy. A cricket chirps on the hearth and acts as a guardian angel to the family. One day a mysterious elderly stranger comes to visit and takes up lodging at Peerybingle's house for a few days. The life of the Peerybingles intersects with that of Caleb Plummer, a poor toymaker employed by the miser Mr. Tackleton. Caleb has a blind daughter Bertha, and a son Edward, who travelled to South America and is thought to be dead. The miser Tackleton is now on the eve of marrying Edward's sweetheart, May, but she does not love Tackleton. Tackleton tells John Peerybingle that his wife Dot has cheated on him, and shows him a clandestine scene in which Dot embraces the mysterious lodger; the latter, who is in disguise, is actually a much younger man than he seems. John is cut to the heart over this as he loves his wife dearly, but decides after some deliberations to relieve his wife of their marriage contract. In the end, the mysterious lodger is revealed to be none other than Edward who has returned home in disguise. Dot shows that she has indeed been faithful to John. Edward marries May hours before she is scheduled to marry Tackleton. However, Tackleton's heart is melted by the festive cheer (in a manner reminiscent of Ebenezer Scrooge), and he surrenders May to her true love.

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The Pickwick Papers

The Pickwick Papers

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The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens. Few first novels have created as much popular excitement as The Pickwick Papers - a comic masterpiece that catapulted its twenty-four-year-old author to immediate fame. Readers were captivated by the adventures of the poet Snodgrass, the lover Tupman, the sportsman Winkle and, above all, by that quintessentially English Quixote, Mr Pickwick, and his cockney Sancho Panza, Sam Weller. From the hallowed turf of Dingley Dell Cricket Club to the unholy fracas of the Eatanswill election, via the Fleet debtors' prison, characters and incidents spring to life from Dickens's pen, to form an enduringly popular work of ebullient humour and literary invention.

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The Wreck of the Golden Mary

The Wreck of the Golden Mary

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The Wreck of the Golden Mary by Charles Dickens. Ingeniously conceived and brilliantly rendered, and set against the backdrop of the California Gold Rush, The Wreck of the Golden Mary is a masterpiece of Victorian storytelling. En route to making their fortunes, the passengers of the Golden Mary suffer a terrifying ordeal when their vessel collides with an iceberg. Now the helpless victims of a shipwreck, they turn to the restorative powers of storytelling in a desperate attempt to raise morale. As each takes their turn, from the captain to the first mate, the Dickensian figures of miser and murderer, orphan and ghost, are brought onboard with most remarkable effect. Charles Dickens is one of England’s most important literary figures. His works enjoyed enormous success in his day and are still among the most popular classics of all time.

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Somebody's Luggage

Somebody's Luggage

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Somebody's Luggage by Charles Dickens. Somebody's Luggage is a rediscovered gem from Dickens's later life. Stumbling upon some luggage that has been left behind in the hotel where he works, a waiter searches through it to identify its owner. He fails to discover this, but he does find, secreted away in different parts of the luggage, quite a number of stories. Impressed by their quality, he succeeds in getting them published, although the identity of their author remains a mystery until a visitor comes calling. Written with Dickens's characteristic wit and descriptive skill.

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The Mystery of Edwin Drood

The Mystery of Edwin Drood

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The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Charles Dickens. The Mystery of Edwin Drood is a novel that is itself the subject of one of literature’s most enduring mysteries. The story recounts the troubled romance of Rosa Bud and the book’s eponymous character, who later vanishes. Was Drood murdered, and if so by whom? All clues point to John Jasper, Drood’s lugubrious uncle, who coveted Rosa. Or did Drood orchestrate his own disappearance? As Charles Dickens died before finishing the book, the ending is intriguingly ambiguous. There is a lot of speculation about how The Mystery of Edwin Drood was to have ended. Dickens didn’t leave any notes or clues outlining the plot so no one will ever really know what he intended. As it has been completed by many different Authors over the years it may have different endings from book to book.

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Dombey and Son

Dombey and Son

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Dombey and Son by English Writer Charles Dickens. The story centers around Paul Dombey, the stern owner of the Firm. He is totally immersed in having his newly born son continue the business, and entirely neglects his daughter Florence. Tragedy occurs, and Florence’s plight worsens. As the years go by, Mr. Dombey sees to it that the man she loves, his employee, is sent far away. Mr Dombey remarries, but his marriage is eventually destroyed, his fortune gone, he becomes destitute. Finally he accepts help from his daughter, and life changes for him. Many wonderful characters interweave the tale, as in all Dickens literary masterpieces.

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24 Christmas Tales

24 Christmas Tales

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Every day in December, discover with this Advent Calendar Storybook a wonderful Christmas tale! Written by the greatest storytellers (Charles Dickens, Hans Christian Andersen, The Brothers Grimm, Louisa May Alcott, O. Henry…), these 24 traditional stories will keep you waiting until D-day. This collection ends with one of Charles Dickens' most beautiful Christmas tales, the story of Scrooge and the three spirits.  Contents: 1st December The Gift of the Magi by O.Henry  2nd December A Christmas Dream, and How It Came to Be True by Louisa May Alcott  3rd December The Fir-Tree by Hans Christian Andersen  4th December Christmas Every Day by William Dean Howells  5th December Papa Panov's Special Christmas by Leo Tolstoy  6th December A Kidnapped Santa Claus by L. Frank Baum  7th December Merry Christmas by Stephen Leacock  8th December A Stolen Christmas by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman  9th December A Christmas Tree by Charles Dickens  10th December How the Captain Made Christmas by Thomas Nelson Page  11th December At Christmas Time by Anton Chekhov  12th December A Christmas Sermon by Robert Louis Stevenson  13th December What Christmas is As We Grow Older by Charles Dickens  14th December What the Bell Saw and Said by Louisa May Alcott  15th December How Christmas Came to the Santa Maria Flats by Elia W. Peattie  16th December Christmas; or, The Good Fairy by Harriet Beecher Stowe  17th December Christmas at Red Butte by Lucy Maud Montgomery  18th December Christmas by Washington Irving  19th December The Last Dream of Old Oak by Hans Christian Andersen  20th December Christmas Jenny by Mary E. Wilkins Free  21st December The Elves and The Shoemaker by The Brothers Grimm  22nd December The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen  23rd December The Night Before Christmas: A Morality by William Dean Howells  24th December A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

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