Sketches by Boz

ISBN-10: 0140433457

ISBN-13: 9780140433456

Edition: 1995

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Description: This is a collection of reportage, observation, notes and fiction centred on the city of London and its people. Dickens vividly describes the streets, theatres, pawnshops, law courts and prisons he encountered as he travelled through the city.

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Book details

List price: $20.00
Copyright year: 1995
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 5/1/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 688
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.880

Charles Dickens, perhaps the best British novelist of the Victorian era, was born in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England on February 7, 1812. His happy early childhood was interrupted when his father was sent to debtors' prison, and young Dickens had to go to work in a factory at age twelve. Later, he took jobs as an office boy and journalist before publishing essays and stories in the 1830s. His first novel, The Pickwick Papers, made him a famous and popular author at the age of twenty-five. Subsequent works were published serially in periodicals and cemented his reputation as a master of colorful characterization, and as a harsh critic of social evils and corrupt institutions. His many books include Oliver Twist, David Copperfield, Bleak House, Great Expectations, Little Dorrit, A Christmas Carol, and A Tale of Two Cities. Dickens married Catherine Hogarth in 1836, and the couple had nine children before separating in 1858 when he began a long affair with Ellen Ternan, a young actress. Despite the scandal, Dickens remained a public figure, appearing often to read his fiction. He died in 1870, leaving his final novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, unfinished.

Charles Dickens (18121870), born in Portsmouth, England, one of eight children, grew up in poverty and had little formal education, yet became the most prominent and revered of all English Victorian writers as well as a political reporter and journalist.Stephen Wall edited Anthony Trollopes Can You Forgive Her?for Penguin Classics and is a Fellow of Keble College, Oxford.Helen Small is a Fellow of Pembroke College, Oxford.

List of Illustrations
Introduction
Acknowledgements
A Dickens Chronology
A Note on the Text and Illustrations
Suggested Further Reading
Sketches by Boz
Appendix A: The First Publication of the Sketches in Periodical, Volume and Number Form
Appendix B: Descriptive Headings, 1868 Charles Dickens Edition
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