The Cricket On The Hearth

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As this tale begins it paints a beautiful picture of a happy household and of 19th century English country life. The arival of a mysterious stranger threatens to shatter this harmony. A masterful story of love and loyalty.
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Overview

As this tale begins it paints a beautiful picture of a happy household and of 19th century English country life. The arival of a mysterious stranger threatens to shatter this harmony. A masterful story of love and loyalty.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781437832341
  • Publisher: IndyPublish
  • Publication date: 7/11/2008
  • Pages: 112
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.44 (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In 1824, young Charles was withdrawn from school and forced to work at a boot-blacking factory when his improvident father, accompanied by his mother and siblings, was sentenced to three months in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.

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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 14, 2010

    Pleasant holiday tale

    When we think of Charles Dickens and Christmas stories, the first thing that comes to our mind is The Christmas Carol. But Dickens also published a couple of other Christmas stories. I first became acquainted with The Cricket on the Heart in a slightly abridged version in an old book, The Mary Frances Story Book, that somehow got passed down to me from some ancestor. I know that the book is old because it is falling apart and because I can remember it on our bookshelves from my youngest days (and it was old then!). I read the whole book, including The Cricket on the Heart, to both Mark and Jeremy. The Cricket on the Hearth is a pleasant and instructive story, as is true of most of Dickens's work. A few years ago, Karen bought some Christmas DVDs, and a cartoon version of The Cricket on the Hearth was among them. There are many, many differences between the book and the video, but it is still a nice story that the whole family can watch together. Also, sometime later, Karen bought some books that included a compilation (published in 2005 by Scholastic Inc., 90 Old Sherman Turnpike, Danbury, CT 06816) of The Christmas Carol, The Cricket on the Hearth, and another Christmas story by Dickens, The Holly Tree. Those who wish to avoid any mention of Christmas will, of course, want to stay away from such stories, but otherwise, for those of us who realize that we live in a world where people do celebrate Christmas and feel that we can observe the warmth of the season without necessarily giving it any religious significance, they are interesting reading.

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  • Posted July 4, 2011

    Love to tead

    It will not download............am disappointed

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