Thursday, February 7, 2008

Charles Dickens

Charles John Huffam Dickens was born at Portsmouth, England, on February 7, 1812, the second of eight children. His father, John Dickens, a clerk in the Naval Pay Office, was always hard-pressed to support his family. Because his father’s work made it necessary for him to travel, Dickens spent his youth in several different places, including London and Chatham. When he was only twelve years old, his father’s financial difficulty made it necessary for the young Dickens to work in a shoeblacking warehouse while his father was placed in a debtor’s prison at Marshalsea—an event that was to have a powerful influence on Dickens throughout his life. Oliver Twist’s experience in the workhouse is one of the best-known results of what Dickens considered to be an act of desertion by his parents.

long fiction
The Mystery of Edwin Drood, 1870 (unfinished)
Our Mutual Friend, 1864-1865
Great Expectations, 1860-1861
A Tale of Two Cities, 1859
Little Dorrit, 1855-1857
Hard Times, 1854 (originally pb. as Hard Times for These Times)
Bleak House, 1852-1853
David Copperfield, 1849-1850 (originally pb. as The Personal History of David Copperfield)
Dombey and Son, 1846-1848 (originally pb. as Dealings with the Firm of Dombey and Son, Wholesale, Retail, and for Exportation)
Martin Chuzzlewit, 1843-1844 (originally pb. as The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit)
Barnaby Rudge: A Tale of the Riots of ’80, 1841
The Old Curiosity Shop, 1840-1841
Nicholas Nickleby, 1838-1839 (originally pb. as The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby)
Oliver Twist, 1837-1839 (originally pb. as The Adventures of Oliver Twist)
Pickwick Papers, 1836-1837 (originally pb. as The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club)

short fiction
Christmas Stories, 1871
George Silverman’s Explanation, 1868
The Uncommercial Traveller, 1860
Reprinted Pieces, 1858
The Haunted Man, 1848
The Battle of Life, 1846
The Cricket on the Hearth, 1845
The Chimes, 1844
A Christmas Carol, 1843
Sketches by Boz, 1836

No Thoroughfare, pr., pb., 1867 (with Wilkie Collins)
Mr. Nightingale’s Diary, pr., pb., 1851 (with Mark Lemon)
The Village Coquettes, pr., pb., 1836
The Strange Gentleman, pr., 1836

Pictures from Italy, 1846
American Notes, 1842

children’s literature
The Life of Our Lord, 1934
A Child’s History of England, 1852-1854

edited text(s)
All the Year Round, 1859-1870 (periodical)
Household Words, 1850-1859 (periodical)
Master Humphrey’s Clock, 1840-1841 (1840-1841)

1 comment:

Todd said...

Dicken's non-fiction work, A Child’s History of England, is lively writing indeed! It's as much (or more so) geared toward adults as children. Renee Ellison has read it aloud, so you can listen to it on a long trip. For info see (12 audio CDs: nearly 14 listening hours).