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Many readers know Victorian England through the writings of Charles Dickens. Not only did Dickens put a face on the era through his memorable characters, he also captured the spirit of his age in entertaining fiction spun from its social concerns and historical events. This literary omnibus brings together five of Dickens’s best-known novels: Oliver Twist, A Christmas Carol, David Copperfield, Great Expectations, and A Tale of Two Cities.

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Overview

Many readers know Victorian England through the writings of Charles Dickens. Not only did Dickens put a face on the era through his memorable characters, he also captured the spirit of his age in entertaining fiction spun from its social concerns and historical events. This literary omnibus brings together five of Dickens’s best-known novels: Oliver Twist, A Christmas Carol, David Copperfield, Great Expectations, and A Tale of Two Cities.

Prolific, energetic, and committed to social change, no other novelist of the time did so much as Charles Dickens to rally his readers to action, and no other writer at any time has created such an extraordinary collection of well-loved novels.

Charles Dickens: Five Novels is one of Barnes & Noble’s Collectible Edition classics. Each volume features authoritative texts by the world’s greatest authors in exquisitely designed bonded-leather bindings with distinctive gilt edging and an attractive silk-ribbon bookmark. Decorative, durable, and collectable, these books offer hours of pleasure to readers young and old and are an indispensable cornerstone for any home library.

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Meet the Author

Charles Dickens
CHARLES DICKENS (7 February 1812 – 9 June 1870) was an English writer and social critic who is generally regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian period and the creator of some of the world’s most memorable fictional characters. During his lifetime Dickens’s works enjoyed unprecedented popularity and fame, and by the twentieth century his literary genius was fully recognized by critics and scholars. His novels and short stories continue to enjoy an enduring popularity among the general reading public.

Biography

Born on February 7, 1812, Charles Dickens was the second of eight children in a family burdened with financial troubles. Despite difficult early years, he became the most successful British writer of the Victorian age.

In 1824, young Charles was withdrawn from school and forced to work at a boot-blacking factory when his improvident father, accompanied by his mother and siblings, was sentenced to three months in a debtor's prison. Once they were released, Charles attended a private school for three years. The young man then became a solicitor's clerk, mastered shorthand, and before long was employed as a Parliamentary reporter. When he was in his early twenties, Dickens began to publish stories and sketches of London life in a variety of periodicals.

It was the publication of Pickwick Papers (1836-1837) that catapulted the twenty-five-year-old author to national renown. Dickens wrote with unequaled speed and often worked on several novels at a time, publishing them first in monthly installments and then as books. His early novels Oliver Twist (1837-1838), Nicholas Nickleby (1838-1839), The Old Curiosity Shop (1840-1841), and A Christmas Carol (1843) solidified his enormous, ongoing popularity. As Dickens matured, his social criticism became increasingly biting, his humor dark, and his view of poverty darker still. David Copperfield (1849-1850), Bleak House (1852-1853), Hard Times (1854), A Tale of Two Cities (1859), Great Expectations (1860-1861), and Our Mutual Friend (1864-1865) are the great works of his masterful and prolific period.

In 1858 Dickens's twenty-three-year marriage to Catherine Hogarth dissolved when he fell in love with Ellen Ternan, a young actress. The last years of his life were filled with intense activity: writing, managing amateur theatricals, and undertaking several reading tours that reinforced the public's favorable view of his work but took an enormous toll on his health. Working feverishly to the last, Dickens collapsed and died on June 8, 1870, leaving The Mystery of Edwin Drood uncompleted.

Author biography from the Barnes & Noble Classics edition of David Copperfield.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Charles John Huffam Dickens (full name) "Boz" (pen name)
    1. Date of Birth:
      February 7, 1812
    2. Place of Birth:
      Portsmouth, England
    1. Date of Death:
      June 18, 1870
    2. Place of Death:
      Gad's Hill, Kent, England

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  • Posted May 30, 2011

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    All the Leatherbound books are great for your home library!!

    You definitely NEED this book!! It has all your favorites in it such as: "David Copperfield, Christmas Carol, Oliver Twist, Great Expectations, and Tale of Two Cities"! Awesome must-read, beautiful cover design inside-and-out, and wonderful stories by your favorite Dickens. I'm excited to receive it in the mail, and I just ordered it!! I have many leatherbound books, and all of them are certainly treasures and make my big library beautiful!!! I sure hope that this and my other leatherbound books comes in quickly!!!!!

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 28, 2010

    I highly recommend this, as well as all the others in this Leatherbound Classics series!

    Rarely do you see these classic pieces of literature rendered with such sophisticated elegance and beauty, faithfully honoring and respecting the equally unique, creative literary material loved by generations of readers. I have been enjoying them all, and eagerly look forward to each new addition to the series.

    Hopefully, the publisher (who appears to be unreachable) will keep releasing more of these fine collected works, including such classic writers as Baum, Milne, Kipling, Twain, London, Melville, Hemingway, Stoker, Shelley, as well as other poets like Virgil, Longfellow, Keats, Eliot, Hawthorne, and Blake.

    Time will tell, but hope is alive. Get on board with these fantastic masterpieces of literature, and be swept away in worlds of imagination!

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 1, 2012

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    Fantastic! I've recently bought this book and I love it. It loo

    Fantastic!

    I've recently bought this book and I love it. It looks terrific and the cover literally says 'Charles Dickens'. Until now I have never read any of Dicken's novels. I got into the classic literature through this series of gorgeous books and I'm really happy about it. So far, out of this book, I've read only 'A Tale of Two Cities'. To those of you who haven't read Dicken's works yet and are considering doing so I highly recommend reading them, and this book is most definitely a very respected collection of Charle's brilliant writing. I have many more books from the series and the best thing about having those large collections is that you can read one author's novel and then "take a break" by reading another author's novel from another book. I will most definitely return to this book and read the rest of the novels in it.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 18, 2012

    Beautiful book...if you just plan to display it

    This is a beautiful book, but it is HUGE! It is very heavy and thick, making it cumbersome to read. The pages are also very thin, and wrinkle easily. If given the chance, I would have bought the individual novels, instead of this ornamental monstrosity. I know it doesn't look that big in the teeny picture, folks, but just trust me on this one...it is a heavy, big, thick book! If you don't think that you will like that, then believe me it is much better to get the individual books. They are much easier to read. It is also a daunting task to try to read all of these novels together. By getting and reading the novels individually, you won't feel like you are slogging through the 9th Edition of Lord of the Rings.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted March 27, 2014

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    This is a fantastic compilation of Dicken's works. I recently pu

    This is a fantastic compilation of Dicken's works. I recently purchased this and ten others of the same collection in the store and had great expectations. Unfortunately upon further inspection of the books, I noticed that this, and another book (The Count of Monte Cristo) were both slightly defective. Monte Cristo had some wear on the cover and spine, and the back cover on this one was not perfectly attached to the spine. I am a perfectionist, so this kind of thing kills me, but I presume the problems that I had could have been easily avoided had I spent more time inspecting the books in store. Overall, the design and content of this book are extremely appealing, and I intend to replace this book when I am next at  Barnes and Noble.

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  • Posted February 21, 2014

    Handsome book - a must buy for everyone's book collection!

    I haven't started reading this book but it's a very handsome looking book. I read "Great Expectation" in high school and I cannot wait to re-read it again some 30 years later.

    This is one of a number of classic books that I've recently purchased from Barnes & Nobles to fill my newly constructed library bookcases.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2013

    Overall it's a good book, as are all the books in this Barnes &


    Overall it's a good book, as are all the books in this Barnes & Noble series, but be aware especially of the very small print.

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  • Posted January 29, 2013

    You need this book in your collection. The book is rich in color

    You need this book in your collection.
    The book is rich in color. It is sturdy, and feels fantastic. I can not wait to read the novels, and I recommend the book. It is a steal for $18.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    Beautiful book of the best quality. Every page is perfect and well printed.

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