Child's Dream of a Star

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Charles John Huffam 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...
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Charles John Huffam 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.
Born in Portsmouth, England, Dickens left school to work in a factory after his father was thrown into debtors' prison. Though he had little formal education, his early impoverishment drove him to succeed. He edited a weekly journal for 20 years, wrote 15 novels and hundreds of short stories and non-fiction articles, lectured and performed extensively, was an indefatigable letter writer, and campaigned vigorously for children's rights, education, and other social reforms.
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Charles Dickens
Charles John Huffam Dickens pen-name "Boz", was the foremost English novelist of the Victorian era, as well as a vigorous social campaigner. Considered one of the English language's greatest writers, he was acclaimed for his rich storytelling and memorable characters, and achieved massive worldwide popularity in his lifetime. Later critics, beginning with George Gissing and G. K. Chesterton, championed his mastery of prose, his endless invention of memorable characters and his powerful social sensibilities. Yet he has also received criticism from writers such as George Henry Lewes, Henry James, and Virginia Woolf, who list sentimentality, implausible occurrence and grotesque characters as faults in his oeuvre. The popularity of Dickens' novels and short stories has meant that none have ever gone out of print. Dickens wrote serialised novels, which was the usual format for fiction at the time, and each new part of his stories would be eagerly anticipated by the reading public. Source: Wikipedia
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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2011

    Did not work on Nook 1

    Kept getting error messages. Unable to read this.

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2012

    No one

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    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2013

    Poor copy, Fabulous story

    Although the copy requires some thinking and interpretation because of wierd characters thrown in there, the story itself is wonderful and touching, making a great read-aloud bed time story.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2012

    Death and life and remembrance

    This story will surely open the door on subject of life after death If you have talked with your child about death this may not be the best story to send your child off to the land of dreamd by

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2013

    Like it some

    Dont get it all but whatevs

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2012

    Wwwwweeeeiiiiirrrrrrrdddddd!!!!!!!!

    I think this book is weird it has weird dots and slashes and just plain weird stuff.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 11, 2011

    Easy read, short and quick!

    Nice book, but you have to be able to slide by the glitzes.

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    Posted January 4, 2014

    Csn't download it

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    Posted September 30, 2012

    Boo

    Horrible

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    About death. 10 pages.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2012

    Im thinking about......

    I was GOING to buy it. Do you recommend it for a 9 year old??

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2011

    what.

    what are you talking about. ? where am I?

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