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  • "In Memoriam to William Makepeace Thackeray" - by Charles Dickens - October 2015

    William Thackeray (1811-1863), author of the immortal Vanity Fair, wrote a number of other highly-regarded and well-selling novels during his very successful career, notably the well-known historical blockbuster novel The Luck of Barry Lyndon, Catherine (whose central character is a rather nasty female criminal!), The History of Pendennis (a major social panorama, partially autobiographical), The History of Henry Esmond, Esq. (a sweeping historical novel set in the early 18th Century), The (...)

  • "Doctor Marigold’s Prescriptions" (1865) - the full text of a great late story by Charles Dickens - December 2014

    This strikingly original and distinctly off-beat exploration of the mindset and life experiences of a Cheap Jack (a gypsy-like hawker of odd goods at country fairs and public places throughout the land) is darker and more sombre than the tales in his much earlier collections Sketches by Boz (1836) and The Christmas Books (1843-48). It was written and published in 1865 when Dickens was at the height of his literary powers, just after having composed the magnificent Our Mutual Friend, his (...)

  • Charles Dickens Books - March 2009

    The Pickwick Papers (1837)
    Dickens’s first and funniest novel, published when he was only 25, was a huge worldwide hit which had people lining up on the wharfs in Sydney and New York when the boats came in with the latest instalment, and which went through 100 English and American editions before the end of the century. An English version of the Don Quixote/Sancho Panza theme, with an utterly likeable but impractical nouveau riche would-be gentleman from London (Mr. Pickwick) travelling (...)

  • "Little Dorrit" by Charles Dickens - March 2005

    In this very big and wide-ranging novel, Dickens follows his eponymous heroine from the Marshalsea Prison for Debtors in south London, where she had lived for the first twenty-plus years of her life and the first half of the book, across France and Switzerland with her newly-rich family on a Grand Tour to Italy, where she spends a couple of years rubbing shoulders with the hordes of semi-expatriate upper-class English that congregated there at the time - the novel is set in the mid-1820s - (...)