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Dickens Library (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)
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Dickens Library (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)

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by Charles Dickens
 
Beloved by readers the world over, Charles Dickens (1812-1870) was the second of eight children in a family burdened with financial troubles. Despite difficult early years, he went on to become the most successful British writer of the Victorian age -- and possibly the greatest novelist England ever produced. Drawing on his own life experiences as well as things he

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Beloved by readers the world over, Charles Dickens (1812-1870) was the second of eight children in a family burdened with financial troubles. Despite difficult early years, he went on to become the most successful British writer of the Victorian age -- and possibly the greatest novelist England ever produced. Drawing on his own life experiences as well as things he witnessed as a young Parliamentary reporter, he created some of the most repugnant villains in literature, as well as some of the most likeable (and unlikely) heroes.

Now you can dip into Dickens’s gallery of characters with this specially priced set of eight novels spanning his extraordinary writing career:

  • Oliver Twist (1837-38)
  • Nicholas Nickleby (1838-39)
  • A Christmas Carol (1843)
  • David Copperfield (1849-50)
  • Bleak House (1852-53)
  • Hard Times (1854)
  • A Tale of Two Cities (1859)
  • Great Expectations (1860-61)
Renowned as much as for their detailed depictions of the social conditions of the day as for their vivid characters, Dickens's novels were rooted in his keen sense of the need for social reforms. But it was his vivid characterizations and intricate plots that turned his sympathies into enduring art. Dickens's friend and biographer, John Forster, observed that Dickens made "characters real existences, not by describing them but by letting them describe themselves." T. S. Eliot commented that "Dickens's figures belong to poetry, like figures of Dante or Shakespeare, in that a single phrase, either by them or about them, may be enough to set them wholly before us."

The Barnes & Noble Classics series offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of Barnes & Noble Classics:
  • New introductions commissioned from today's top writers and scholars
  • Biographies of the authors
  • Chronologies of contemporary historical, biographical, and cultural events
  • Footnotes and endnotes
  • Selective discussions of imitations, parodies, poems, books, plays, paintings, operas, statuary, and films inspired by the work
  • Comments by other famous authors
  • Study questions to challenge the reader's viewpoints and expectations
  • Bibliographies for further reading
  • Indices & Glossaries, when appropriate
All editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications; some include illustrations of historical interest. Barnes & Noble Classics pulls together a constellation of influences—biographical, historical, and literary—to enrich each reader's understanding of these enduring works.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781400500383
Publisher:
Barnes & Noble
Publication date:
11/04/2009
Series:
Barnes & Noble Classics Series
Edition description:
Eight-volume set
Product dimensions:
11.10(w) x 14.00(h) x 6.20(d)

Meet the Author

Charles Dickens (1812-1870) is probably the greatest novelist England has ever produced, the author of such well-known classics as A Christmas Carol, Great Expectations, David Copperfield and Oliver Twist. His innate comic genius and shrewd depictions of Victorian life — along with his indelible characters — have made his books beloved by readers the world over.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
February 7, 1812
Date of Death:
June 18, 1870
Place of Birth:
Portsmouth, England
Place of Death:
Gad's Hill, Kent, England
Education:
Home-schooling; attended Dame School at Chatham briefly and Wellington

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Dickens Library 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This collection from Barnes and Nobles is perfect for those of us who love the classics. There are a few Dickens books missing that I would have liked to see in this set, but for the money this is a good as it gets. Barnes and Nobles makes great quality paperbacks, so I don't really mind these books not being in hardback. Truly, this is a perfect collection and an oppurtunity that shouldn't be missed.
Virtuoso30 More than 1 year ago
I bought this pack for leisure reading AND nostalgia considering I have been a fan of Dickens since my Engligh teacher gave me Great Expectations at the age of 8! Great buy, great value for the money and an amazing read!
Aethelred More than 1 year ago
This is a superb Dickens set for the price. It contains all of the books that the average reader would want to read, and they are of good quality (for paperbacks) and are pleasant looking inside and out. I would have liked to see the Pickwick Papers in this set, but otherwise I am very happy with the content. My only other gripe is the cover used on Oliver Twist, I don't understand why B&N would use a mid 20th Century photo on the cover of a book set 100 years before, but of course this is a very small complaint as I love this set.
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