Sketches by Boz

Sketches by Boz


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ISBN-13: 9780140433456
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/28/1996
Series: Penguin Classics Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 688
Sales rank: 257,483
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.23(d)
Lexile: 1350L (what's this?)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Charles Dickens was born on February 7, 1812, in Landport, Portsea, England. He died in Kent on June 9, 1870. The second of eight children of a family continually plagued by debt, the young Dickens came to know not only hunger and privation,but also the horror of the infamous debtors’ prison and the evils of child labor. A turn of fortune in the shape of a legacy brought release from the nightmare of prison and “slave” factories and afforded Dickens the opportunity of two years’ formal schooling at Wellington House Academy. He worked as an attorney’s clerk and newspaper reporter until his Sketches by Boz (1836) and The Pickwick Papers (1837) brought him the amazing and instant success that was to be his for the remainder of his life. In later years, the pressure of serial writing, editorial duties, lectures, and social commitments led to his separation from Catherine Hogarth after twenty-three years of marriage. It also hastened his death at the age of fifty-eight, when he was characteristically engaged in a multitude of work.

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


Home-schooling; attended Dame School at Chatham briefly and Wellington

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Walter Bagehot once remarked, Dickens wrote about London "like a special correspondent for posterity".

"The first sprightly runnings of his genius are undoubtedly here," wrote Dickens’s friend and biographer John Forster.

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Sketches by Boz 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Smiley on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great Dickens. The reader gets Dickens' characters and descriptive power with a minimum of his ripe sentimentality. A win/win. Good place to start for those new to the author or those that say they don't like Dickens. For those familar with the author's body of work the reader will find the germ of future novels in this early work. The last piece, "A Drunkard's Death", is outstanding.
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Why do you keep saying sup? I havnt read the book yet an i have no idea what its about. I did read te discription but i wanna hear about the book. I dont care about your siblings although im sure they are wonderful but i just wanna hear bout the book isnt tht what the review section is about? Now, I know tht you dont think this is a review, but it really is... I am reviewing about the reviews. I really look forwar to reading this book. But not because of the reviews but because of the description. Whoever reads this please dont comment on this... i just think its annoying. I guess tht makes me a hypocript right now but i am just saying.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
HEY!!!What's up big bro? P.S. AND TRY NOT TO BE SO LAZY ALL THE TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! P.S.LOVE YOU SO MUCH...BYE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sup sis bye &starf