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Little Dorrit (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading)

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  • ISBN-13: 9781273515569
  • Publisher: Nabu Press
  • Publication date: 1/27/2012
  • Pages: 840
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 1.67 (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In 1824, young Charles was withdrawn from school and forced to work at a boot-blacking factory when his improvident father, accompanied by his mother and siblings, was sentenced to three months in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 May 14, 2010

    Another great Dicken's classic!

    I first encountered Charles Dickens in high school. My first Dicken's book was A Tale of Two Cities. This book made a lasting impression in me of the gifted writer's genius and ability to reach the heart with a great story, masterfully told. After I read this book, I felt encouraged to find other books by Dickens, and through the years have worked my way through most of his titles.

    Dickens will challenge you. His books are not "light reading". But if you devote yourself to reading them, you will find rich rewards. His pace in introducing characters is slow and he seems to savor the development of his characters. He takes the time to flesh them out and to slowly build suspense and curiosity in the reader's mind of the fate of his heroes and heroines. I have found that it takes me about 1/3 of the book before I am fully acquainted with the full cast of characters and their place in the story. But this slow development is to be savored and enjoyed, rather than fought.

    As you read, you will find yourself learning a good deal of classical literature and how well read the typical 19th century reader was! I found the end notes very informative, and book marked that section of the book for easy reference as I read. In doing so, not only did I enjoy the story, but I enhanced my education as I read. In addition, I often referred to the list of characters in the front of the book, as some of the more minor characters take some time to get to know.

    Little Dorrit is a story that enchanted me. I found myself taken a way to a world of debtor's prisons, family obligations, love, humor, and intrigue. I got angry at some characters, and longed for others to be rescued. Mysteries drove me forward through the book to find their solutions, and in the end, I was very satisfied. This book made me think, and I know I am the better for having read it. Although Little Dorrit was not my favorite of the Dicken's novels, it is a strong book that I will read again, which, for me, is the mark of a truly good book.

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 18, 2009

    Intriguing and intellectually challenging

    I had watched the PBS mini series of Little Dorrit and found I had many questions. So, I decided to read the book in order to discover the answers. I had forgotten how challenging and involved Charles Dickens writings are! I did get my questions answered. This is a book which needs to be read slowly with time in-between to digest what has been read. The characters are very complex and sometimes the reader is mystified as to how all of the characters might eventually tie together. I did enjoy the book.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 26, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens is Anything but Little

    This is one of the best books I have ever read. It is a true Dickens style, incorporating multiple twisted plotlines and then somehow tying it all together at the end. And of course, the memorable characters make the novel even more enjoyable. Amy Dorrit is one of the sweetest characters in literature. And who can forget Mr. Arthur Clennam, Little Dorrit's love interest who takes particular care of the Dorrit family by trying to discover the secrets behind why Mr. Dorrit is in debtor's prison. Edmund Sparkler adds a humorous flavor to the story as the good-for-nothing, says nothing of consequence husband of Amy's older sister, the irrepressible dancer, Fanny. The gentle Plornishes bring to mind the Macawbers of David Copperfield. While the book is indeed long, it nevertheless is worth reading. Whether it is a rainy day outside or one just needs a way to escape, Little Dorrit is well worth the time. After reading the book, I recommend also watching the movie, which is as beautifully created as the Dickens novel.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2010

    I love this Book!!

    I watched the Masterpiece DVD that came out and loved it so much I had to read the book. I loved the books just as much as the movie. It is a great read. It kept me occupied while I had a bad cold. You should also watch the movie. :)

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 29, 2011

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    Very good, but challenging

    There is no question that this is an incredibly well-written book: An amazing narrative, well-developed characters, and psychological insight rarely seen in other books. I found that there were a couple challenges for me: This book is extremely long, and the plot has a tendency to be tedious in places to this post-modern reader's mind. In spite of that: it's a must-read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2013

    Misprints and formatting errors yank you out of the narrative

    This book is frought with misprints and formatting errors. One would be better served by buying a more thoughtfully digitized ebook version to actually enjoy Dickens' work.
    The ebook deserves 2 stars solely on the basis of it being free and the content of the original book.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2014

    Butterfang

    Alright ill take requests

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2013

    Attractive lotus

    Hi. I want a cat to forxce matw me.

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2013

    Katnap job!

    Windwing at Melissa Stewart Animals res 1! Katnap only cuz hes a tom, cant really be mated :/ Reward: Because it is a big clan to get thru, 40 voles, if done soon, 25 voles and 5 rabbits. Thank you. Also dont godmod to katnap him, the clan ignores the people. Ive attacked them. ~Scar DO IT SOON!!!!!!! TOMORROW!!! Ps windwing wil be on at 530 pm pacific. Its when hes always on.

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2013

    FORCEMATE!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Stormstar of Lightningclan at tempest result one. Careful she does bite you know. Reward 25 rabbits if done very soon or 10 rabbits if later.

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2013

    Logan

    Forcemate cats at Silver Moon res.1

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2013

    Forcemate

    Stormstar at tempest result one. Careful SHE is fiesty. Reward is 12 rabbits.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2013

    Frost

    Frost makes a face at Twisted. "Ok... that's really scary." She half hisses before padding out.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2013

    Frozen and Snow

    Frozen, a large silvery white she cat pads in. Her green eyes twinkle in the moonlight. "Well, I would join and help, but whats the work for a she-cat? I dont have the body parts to forcemate. Whats the work for me?" She meows. <p> Snow, a large silvery white she cat pads in. Her green eyes twinkle in the moonlight. "Come on people, why make an rp like this? Make it more spicey! Foremate she's that join here." She meows. "Wink wink." She purrs and flicks her tail.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2013

    Winter

    Nods"yes sir" pads out

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2013

    Twisted

    Id rather not. You see i dont wanr to die anytime soon

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2013

    Waterstar

    Pads in

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2013

    Killer

    Hey twisted i quit. See ya

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 5, 2012

    Great Read!

    Classic Dickens with all the varied characters in the book. How he kept all of the characters in his head for all of his different books is amazing. His characters are so real that you can almost touch them. Love some of the unusual quirks he gives them and the unique discriptions of them. They have such obudurate ideas and yet remain so real to today's people. Just goes to say that people never change they just evolve in society.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2012

    What is this?

    Words are all scrambled.....a couple of sentences are ok then unreadable objects come up. Waste of money.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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