The story of the orphan Oliver, who runs away from the workhouse only to be taken in by a den of thieves. Dickens' tale of childhood innocence beset by evil depicts the dark criminal underworld of a London peopled by vivid and memorable characters - the arch-villain Fagin, the artful Dodger, the menacing Bill Sikes and the prostitute Nancy.
The classic coming-of-age story presents David Copperfield, who suffers the wrath of his stepfather, the abusive Mr. Mudstone, and the betrayal of the scheming Uriah Heep, finds a new life with his formidable aunt, Betsey Trotwood, and falls deeply in love with child-like Dora, as he struggles to escape his impoverished and unhappy childhood. Reprint
As the interminable case of Jarndyce and Jarndyce grinds its way through the Court of Chancery, it draws together a disparate group of people: Ada and Richard Clare, whose inheritance is gradually being devoured by legal costs; Esther Summerson, a ward of court, whose parentage is a source of deepening mystery; and, more.
Ebenezer Scrooge is a mean, miserable, bitter old man with no friends. One cold Christmas Eve, three ghosts take him on a scary journey to show him the error of his nasty ways. By visiting his past, present and future, Scrooge learns to love Christmas and the people all around him.
Pip, a young orphan, receives a fortune from a mysterious benefactor and travels to London in order to become a gentleman.
Around the central story of Nicholas Nickleby and the misfortunes of his family, Dickens created some of his most memorable characters: the muddle-headed Mrs Nickleby, the theatrical Crummles, their protege Miss Petowker, and the mindlessly cruel Squeers and his wife.
This is a one-volume collection of Dickens' most popular Christmas stories and articles. It includes "A Christmas Carol", "The Chimes" and "The Haunted Man" and a few short items from Dickens' journalism on the subject of Christmas.
Four bumbling members of a nineteenth-century London social club, known as the legendary Pickwick Club, journey to places outside the city and become involved in romantic foibles, danger, and a few legal scrapes.
This is the frank record of Dickens' experience of the New World, from his uncomfortable sea voyage to his perception of the American character and his frequently savage criticism of American practices and habits. It is also a personal record of Dickens' emotional and political evolution.