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American Notes

by Charles Dickens

When Charles Dickens set out for America in 1842 he was the most famous man of his day to travel there - curious about the revolutionary new civilization that had captured the English imagination. His frank and often humorous descriptions cover everything from his comically wretched sea voyage to his sheer astonishment at the magnificence of the Niagara Falls, while he also visited hospitals, prisons and law courts and found them exemplary. But Dickens's opinion of America as a land ruled by money, partly built on slavery, with a corrupt press and unsavoury manners, provoked a hostile reaction on both sides of the Atlantic. American Notes is an illuminating account of a great writer's revelatory encounter with the New World.

American Notes

by Charles Dickens

The author's adventures in America

Bleak House

by Charles Dickens

Widely regarded as Dickens's masterpiece, Bleak House centers on the generations-long lawsuit Jarndyce and Jarndyce, through which "whole families have inherited legendary hatreds." Focusing on Esther Summerson, a ward of John Jarndyce, the novel traces Esther's romantic coming-of-age and, in classic Dickensian style, the gradual revelation of long-buried secrets, all set against the foggy backdrop of the Court of Chancery. Mixing romance, mystery, comedy, and satire, Bleak House limns the suffering caused by the intricate inefficiency of the law. The text of this Modern Library Paperback Classic was set from the first single-volume edition, published by Bradbury & Evans in 1853, and reproduces thirty-nine of H. K. Browne's original illustrations for the book.

Bleak House

by Charles Dickens

(Book Jacket Status: Jacketed)Introduction by Barbara HardyFrom the Hardcover edition.

La casa lúgubre

by Charles Dickens

La casa lúgubre es uno de los más perfectos logros de Dickens, con el que afianzó su reputación de novelista serio y maduro a la par que de maestro del efecto cómico. Esta novela tiene tanto de historia de misterio como de crítica a una sociedad indiferente. El retrato que traza del oscuro submundo de la gran ciudad y de la corrupción y retrasos de la justicia se basa en la experiencia directa del autor, que moldeó todos sus conocimientos en una obra que abarca la comedia negra, la farsa y los lances trágicos. En un experimento creativo inusitado, Dickens reparte el hilo de la narración entre la protagonista, Esther Summerson, quien conforma un perfil psicológico digno de estudio, y el narrador anónimo cuya perspectiva complementa e incluso cuestiona la de Esther.«Quizá sea su mejor novela. Cuando Dickens la escribió, había madurado.»G. K. Chesterton

The Christmas Books (Everyman Dickens by Everyman's Library)

by Charles Dickens Sally Ledger

Dickens's powerful evocation not only of Christmas, but of the plight of the poor in Victorian Britain Written in the so-called 'Hungry Forties', when Britain's landscape was scarred by poverty and social unrest, Dickens's Christmas books urged the regenerating power of domesticity and human fellowship upon his devoted readership. Christmas is presented as a time when class differences can be dissolved and enmities suspended. \nA Christmas Carol, the comically grotesque Ebenezer Scrooge ("I don't make merry myself at Christmas, and I can't afford to make idle people merry") eventually learns the value of human warmth and reciprocity. But the joyful winter festivities around which each tale revolves are shown to offer only a temporary respite from the social inequalities of Victorian Britain. In three of the stories domestic misery and childhood deprivation are an ever-present possibility which only the social conscience of Dickens's readers could hold at bay; in the other two domestic happiness is also threatened but it is human passions that pin the plot.

A Christmas Carol

by Charles Dickens

"Bah Humbug!" That's how Ebeneezer Scrooge feels about Christmas--until the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future decide to show the crotchety old miser the error of his ways. Together they travel through time, revisiting all the people who have played an important role in Scrooge's life. And as their journey concludes, Scrooge is reminded of what it means to have love in his heart, and what the true spirit of Christmas is all about. A timeless story the whole family will enjoy!From the Trade Paperback edition.

A Christmas Carol

by Charles Dickens

Classic tale featuring Tiny Tim, Ebenezer Scrooge, and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future.

A Christmas Carol

by Charles Dickens

Merry Christmas, everyone! Bah humbug! said Scrooge. With those famous words unfolds a tale that renews the joy and caring that are Christmas. Whether we read it aloud with our family and friends or open the pages on a chill winter evening to savor the story in solitude, Charles Dickens's A CHRISTMAS CAROL is a very special holiday experience. It is the one book that every year will warm our hearts with favorite memories of Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim, Bob Cratchit, and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future - and will remind us with laughter and tears that the true Christmas spirit comes from giving with love. With a heartwarming account of Dickens's first reading of the Carol, and a biographical sketch.

A Christmas Carol

by Charles Dickens

Classic tale featuring Tiny Tim, Ebenezer Scrooge, and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future.

A Christmas Carol

by Charles Dickens Nancy Farmer

Charles Dickens is probably the best-known and, to many people, the greatest English novelist of the nineteenth century. Since its publication in 1843, A Christmas Carol has been adapted for film, television, and the stage, proving that Dickens's characters and themes continue to captivate generation after generation.

A Christmas Carol (Adapted)

by Charles Dickens Emily Hutchinson

Adapted from the classic by Emily Hutchinson. This 88-page book includes described drawings and an 8-page study guide at the end.

A Christmas Carol (Adapted and Abridged)

by Charles Dickens Prescott Hill

Ebenezer Scrooge doesn't like Christmas or any other festivities but one Christmas Eve he gets a visit from ghosts who convince him otherwise.

A Christmas Carol and Other Stories

by Charles Dickens John Irving

An immediate bestseller when it was first published in December 1843, A Christmas Carol has endured ever since as a perennial Yuletide favorite. Charles Dickens's beloved tale about the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge, who comes to know the meaning of kindness, charity, and goodwill through a haunting Christmas Eve encounter with four ghosts, is a heartwarming celebration of the spirit of Christmas. This Modern Library Paperback Classics edition also includes two other popular Christmas stories by Dickens: "The Chimes," in which a man, persuaded by hypocritical cant that the poor deserve their misery, is shown what his pessimistic resignation might lead to in a vision conjured by the pealing of bells, and "The Haunted Man," Dickens's last Christmas tale, which features one of his great comic families, the Tetterbys.

A Christmas Carol Complete Text

by Charles Dickens

On a cold, blustery Christmas Eve, Ebenezer Scrooge toils in his countinghouse, unable to give a kind word to a single soul. He cares nothing for the spirit of giving, shouting "Bah!" and "Humbug!" at the very mention of the holiday. But four ghostly visitors come to show him a different way, opening Scrooge's heart to kindness and charity, fraternity and goodwill-a lesson he takes to Christmas and beyond.

A Christmas Carol: Pop-Up Book

by Charles Dickens

A very short children's version of the Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol.

Cuentos de Navidad

by Charles Dickens

En 2012 se cumplen doscientos años del nacimiento de Charles Dickens, el escritor por antonomasia de la Inglaterra victoriana, y uno de los autores más grandes de todos los tiempos. Entre sus obras más populares se cita siempre su extraordinaria novela corta Cuento de Navidad, donde retrata a un avaro ricachón, Ebenezer Scrooge, que recibe la visita moralizante de los espíritus de las navidades pasadas, las presentes y las futuras. Pero Dickens es autor de otros muchos relatos relacionados con la época navideña, que se reúnen, por primera vez en castellano, en este volumen. La Navidad es uno de los personajes dickensianos por excelencia, la época del año en la que sus asuntos favoritos, la pobreza, la caridad, la compasión, la ternura, la solidaridad o la esperanza, se dirimen y cobran mayor relevancia.

David Copperfield

by Charles Dickens

" Like so many fond parents I have in my heart of hearts a favourite child," wrote Charles Dickens. "And his name is David Copperfield." Of all of Dickens's novels, David Copperfield most closely reflects the events of his own life. The story of an abandoned waif who discovers life and love in an indifferent world, this classic tale of childhood is populated with a cast of eccentrics, innocents, and villains who number among the author's greatest creations. "David Copperfield is filled with characters of the most astonishing variety, vividness, and originality," noted Somerset Maugham. "They are not realistic and yet they abound with life. There never were such people as the Micawbers, Pegotty and Barkis, Traddles, Betsey Trotwood and Mr. Dick, Uriah Heep and his mother. They are fantastic inventions of Dickens's exultant imagination, but they have so much vigor, they are so consistent, they are presented with so much conviction, that you believe in them. They are extravagant, but not unreal, and when you have once to know them you can never quite forget them." T. S. Eliot agreed: "Dickens excelled in character; in the creation of characters of greater intensity than human beings." And Virginia Woolf concluded: "In David Copperfield, though char-acters swarm and life flows into every creek and cranny, some common feelings--youth, gaiety, hope--envelops the tumult, brings the scattered parts together, and invests the most perfect of all the Dickens novels with an atmosphere of beauty." The Modern Library has played a significant role in American cultural life for the better part of a century. The series was founded in 1917 by the publishers Boni and Liveright and eight years later acquired by Bennett Cerf and Donald Klopfer. It provided the foun-dation for their next publishing venture, Random House. The Modern Library has been a staple of the American book trade, providing readers with affordable hardbound editions of important works of literature and thought. For the Modern Library's seventy-fifth anniversary, Random House redesigned the series, restoring as its emblem the running torchbearer created by Lucian Bernhard in 1925 and refurbishing jackets, bindings, and type, as well as inaugurating a new program of selecting titles. The Modern Library continues to provide the world's best books, at the best prices.From the Hardcover edition.

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