Charles Dickens

Today (June 9th) marks the 146th anniversary of Charles Dickens’s death. He created some of the best-known characters in fiction, and he is widely recognized as one of – if not the – greatest novelists of  the Victorian era. Celebrate the life of this prolific author with these books, written by and about Charles Dickens. 


Charles Dickens: A Pictorial History of the World’s Greatest Storyteller
9781781552780Charles Dickens was a phenomenon: a demonically hardworking journalist, the father of ten children, a tireless walker and traveler, a supporter of liberal social causes, but most of all a great novelist – the creator of characters who live immortally in the English imagination: the Artful Dodger, Mr Pickwick, Pip, David Copperfield, Little Nell, Lady Dedlock, and many more. At the age of twelve he was sent to work in a blacking factory by his affectionate but feckless parents. From these unpromising beginnings, he rose to scale all the social and literary heights, entirely through his own efforts. When he died, the world mourned, and he was buried – against his wishes – in Westminster Abbey. Yet the brilliance concealed a divided character: a republican, he disliked America; sentimental about the family in his writings, he took up passionately with a young actress; usually generous, he cut off his impecunious children. This pictorial history will shed a new and alternative light on this literary giant.
You can purchase your copy here, and from any major bookseller.

Charles Dickens and the Mid-Victorian Press, 1850-1870
9781908684202With the phenomenally popular weekly magazines Household Words and All the Year Round, Charles Dickens effectively re-invented periodical literature in the nineteenth century. Already enjoying huge stature as a world-famous author, Dickens was often the principal contributor of the journals that carried the novels serialized within them. As, by his own term, the”conductor” of the weekly magazines, he was able to direct the gaze of his readership, easily eliding fiction and non-fiction, to those things that most concerned him – poverty, crime, education, public health, women, and social welfare and reform. This collection of new essays from a rich variety of contributors, explores the journalism and fiction in Household Words and All Year Round and their relationship to the wider publishing world. The essays were presented at the Dickens Journals Online Conference launched in March 2012.
You can purchase your copy here, and from any major bookseller.


Classics Illustrated Comics

Classics Illustrated brings the world’s greatest literature to life, in beautifully-illustrated comic book format. They are specifically tailored to engage and educate young readers with some of the greatest works ever written, while still thrilling older readers who have loving memories of this series of old. Here are the Charles Dickens works that are currently available and coming soon from Classics Illustrated. Click on the cover images below for more information about each book.

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Real Reads

Real Reads are accessible texts designed to support the literacy development of primary and lower secondary age children while introducing them to the riches of our international literary heritage. Each book is a retelling of a work of great literature from one of the world’s greatest cultures, fitted into a 64-page, paperback book, making classic stories, dramas and histories available to intelligent young readers as a bridge to the full texts, to language students wanting access to other cultures, and to adult readers who are unlikely ever to read the original versions. Here are the Charles Dickens stories currently available from Real Reads. Click on the cover images below for more information about each book.

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