The Complete Works Of Charles Dickens (In 30 Volumes, Illustrated)

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It is impossible to overstate the importance of British novelist CHARLES DICKENS (1812-1870) not only to literature in the English language, but to Western civilization on the whole. He is arguably the first fiction writer to have become an international celebrity. He popularized episodic fiction and the cliffhanger, which had a profound influence on the development of film and television. He is entirely responsible for the popular image of Victorian London that still lingers today, and his characters-from Oliver...
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The Complete Works of Charles Dickens (with commentary, plot summaries, and biography on Dickens)

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It is impossible to overstate the importance of British novelist CHARLES DICKENS (1812-1870) not only to literature in the English language, but to Western civilization on the whole. He is arguably the first fiction writer to have become an international celebrity. He popularized episodic fiction and the cliffhanger, which had a profound influence on the development of film and television. He is entirely responsible for the popular image of Victorian London that still lingers today, and his characters-from Oliver Twist to Ebenezer Scrooge, from Miss Havisham to Uriah Heep-have become not merely iconic, but mythic.

But it was his stirring portraits of ordinary people-not the upper classes or the aristocracy-and his fervent cries for social, moral, and legal justice for the working poor, and in particular for poor children, in the grim early decades of the Industrial Revolution that powerfully impacted social concerns well into the 20th century.

Without Charles Dickens, we may never have seen the likes of Sherlock Holmes, Upton Sinclair, or even Bob Dylan.

Here, in 30 beautiful volumes-complete with all the original illustrations-is every published word written by one of the most important writers ever. The essential collector's set will delight anyone who cherishes English literature...and who takes pleasure in constantly rediscovering its joys.

This volume contains A Child's History of England, which was serialized from 1851 to 1853 in the weekly magazine Dickens edited, Household Words. Dedicated to his own children, it tells the story of England from ancient times through the ascension of Queen Victoria, and was considered so authoritative that it was part of the school curriculum in England through World War II.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616400439
  • Publisher: Cosimo
  • Publication date: 12/1/2009
  • Edition description: Illustrate
  • Pages: 418
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (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 December 26, 2010

    Avoid this! iT'S A RIP OFF!

    This so-called collection of the "complete works" of Dickens is just fine, so long as you believe that he only wrote "A Christmas Carol". because that's all you're going to get here. No "Oliver Twist", no "Tale of Two Cities", no "Great Expectations". Hey, Barnes & Noble! Any chance of refunds for the customers who fell for this?

    23 out of 23 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 25, 2010

    ripoff

    did not contain anything other than christmas carol

    11 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 25, 2010

    the worst. only downloaded one of the boks. rest are not there

    dont buy only one of the books is there a complete ripoff

    10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2010

    Ripoff!

    Do not buy this! It only contains the first chapter of one book!

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2010

    Don't buy!

    This includes ONLY A Christmas Carol. VERY misleading title. What a waste of money!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2012

    A little difficult

    All the works are there-- it' s just getting to them that's a little tricky. There is a table of contents, but it isn't labeled which book you're opening, only a listing of chapter 1-55, then chapter 1-78, etc. If you open the first chapter of a book, then back up a page, then there's the title. I just put in notes on the first chapter pages and bookmarks for myself, and then I'm fine. Or you can type in "david copperfield" in the search option of your menu panel, and it will bring up the book for you.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2011

    Rip off for sure

    This is a terrible rip off. It only downloads the first 215 pages, not even one complete novel. I ended up deleting it from my library after I bought it. Go with the $2.99 version.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 24, 2011

    Only Includes a Christmas Carol

    This ebook doesn't have any of the books. It only has the first chapel of A Christmas Carol. I called BN customer service and talked with a gentleman who said they would contact the publisher, but the publisher didn't fix the problem. Steer clear!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 2, 2011

    NOT a Complete anything!

    BEWARE!!! This ebook does not even have A Christmas Carol complete.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 27, 2010

    Not complete

    All you get is the Christmas Carol.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2014

    Don't buy

    This book got crappy reviews from 2010! Why is B&N still offering it? Dishonest- getting bad vibes about the quality of their service.

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  • Posted January 19, 2013

    Navigatio is good. Very nearly complete.

    No need to review the writing. The navigation works well but could be improved since it has such vast content. I was disappointed that the book I was interested was not included even though it was listed in the description (The Life of Our Lord). Nonetheless, it is very nearly complete. Not a scanned and converted text whicch often contain errors. It is a clean version free of errors.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2012

    This is NOT a "complete" collection but it's close.

    I noticed that Barnaby Rudge, Martin Chuzzlewit, Dombey and Son were not included in this collection. Finding all of the books was a challenge. The "Table of Contents" is close to worthless. If you take the time you can find all of the works, but it's not easy. This is what I ended up doing to find all the books: I started with "A Christmas Carol" and then jumped ahead about 200 pages to find the next book (A Tale of Two Cities)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2011

    It's all there

    After reading some other reviews I was worried about getting this collection, but with 14,000 pages and easy access using the nook contents button I'm happy I spent the three bucks.
    The text appears to be very clean and readable. The contents are divided by chapter on the novels which is nice,but makes for a very long list.
    I'm using the nook tablet so I don't know how it looks on other devices. On this tablet it is very good buy.

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  • Posted September 11, 2011

    Incomplete Mess

    Did receive several books, hopefully the stories are complete. If they are then I suppose it's worth the few bucks. Formatting is a mess. Had to make own table of contents. Wish I read the reviews before I bought. Save your money.

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  • Posted August 10, 2011

    Full Content Not Available

    Even though I purchased the book, I still cannot get beyond a small portion of A Christmas Carol. The rest of the book simply doesn't show up. It is as if I only had downloaded only the sample. Another minor complaint: the default font size is way too big.

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  • Posted August 1, 2011

    Anon

    Will not load!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2011

    Do not buy.

    What a disappointment. Contains only one chapter of one book. How to I get my money back.

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  • Posted July 6, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    Do not throw away your Dollar on this ebook

    I would not recomend this book. I dowonloaded the book and only got one story A Christmas Carol. Charles Dickenes is one of the greatest authors of all times but this format good.

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  • Posted June 30, 2011

    Lw Always read the reviews

    This is only a list of works and the first few pages of A Christmas Carol. Do not buy.

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