A Child's History of England (Illustrated Edition) (Dodo Press)

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A Child's History of England is a book by Charles Dickens. It first appeared in serial form in Household Words, running from January 25, 1851 to December 10, 1853 and was first published in three volume book form in 1852, 1853, and 1854. Dickens dedicated the book to "My own dear children, whom I hope it may help, bye and bye, to read with interest larger and better books on the same subject". The history covered the period between 50 BC and 1689, ending with a chapter summarising events from then until the ...
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A Child's History of England is a book by Charles Dickens. It first appeared in serial form in Household Words, running from January 25, 1851 to December 10, 1853 and was first published in three volume book form in 1852, 1853, and 1854. Dickens dedicated the book to "My own dear children, whom I hope it may help, bye and bye, to read with interest larger and better books on the same subject". The history covered the period between 50 BC and 1689, ending with a chapter summarising events from then until the ascension of Queen Victoria. Charles John Huffam Dickens (1812-1870), also known as "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. The popularity of his novels and short stories has meant that not one has ever gone out of print. Dickens wrote serialised novels, the usual format for fiction at the time, and each new part of his stories was eagerly anticipated by the reading public. Among his best-known works are Sketches by Boz (1836), The Pickwick Papers (1837), Oliver Twist (1838), Nicholas Nickleby (1839), Barnaby Rudge (1841), A Christmas Carol (1843), Martin Chuzzlewit (1844), David Copperfield (1850), Bleak House (1853), Little Dorrit (1857), A Tale of Two Cities (1859), Great Expectations (1861) and Our Mutual Friend (1865).
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781406554489
  • Publisher: Dodo Press
  • Publication date: 8/31/2007
  • Pages: 420
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles Dickens
Charles Dickens
Charles Dickens is probably the greatest novelist England ever produced. His innate comic genius and shrewd depictions of Victorian life -- along with his memorable characters -- have made him beloved by readers the world over. In Dickens' books live some of the most repugnant villains in literature, as well as some of the most likeable (and unlikely) heroes.

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 April 8, 2011

    Great Book-Not Just for Children

    I read this book many years ago before I bought a NOOK. I intend to buy it for my NOOK soon. This book is a synopsis of all the Kings of England and a description of what happened in their reign. I was surprised to learn of all the foreigners who came to England over the centuries and took over for a time. Romans, Danes and Normans and others all came there and at times took command over much of the country. It is certainly worth reading for adults even though the title makes one think it is only for young readers.

    11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2011

    Anonymous

    This book is a great book for learing about England.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 9, 2011

    Won't download

    Looked interesting, but unable to download.

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 14, 2011

    awww this stinks

    i couldn't download this book. it sounds good but i didn't get a chance to read it.

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2012

    Hmm...

    Im a kid and this is pretty good

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2011

    To bouncy

    He doesn't stay on one topic,it's hard to read

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 2, 2011

    Unreadable

    Google books version of a defaced copy, withdrawn from the public library. Very poor text recognition, so that the text is garbled and unreadable.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 14, 2011

    boring book

    i think it should be more intresting

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2012

    Books on a nook

    I love this book

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2012

    Jhuh

    Dont get it

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2014

    Slufj

    U SK

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2014

    Again boring

    No offense Charles Dickens but your books are boring

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2014

    Borinv

    Boring

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2013

    History

    History is not fun to read to me anyway who wants to read about stuff that happend hundred years ago boreing

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2013

    I like cows

    My vagina hurts

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2013

    Lobe

    Omgg

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2013

    Books

    My kids love it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2013

    Wonderful book! Very interesting and informative!

    When I finished the preview, I bought the whole book it was so good!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2013

    This book

    I don't understand this book AT ALL

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2013

    CHAT

    TO CHAT GO TO POIUYT

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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