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Charlotte Dacre, 1771/1772-1825
Charles Dickens, 1812-1870
Below is a limited selection of fully searchable titles by this author. See the supplementary material for more information about Charles Dickens' life and work, including biography and context, literary criticism, and searchable online texts.
Oliver Twist by
Publication Date: 1839
Orphaned Oliver Twist is forced to practice thievery and live a life of crime in nineteenth-century London.
The Old Curiosity Shop by
Publication Date: 1841
Tells the tale of Nell Trent, an angelic and unfailingly virtuous girl of "nearly fourteen" and her grandfather as they navigate a world populated by villains, criminals, and ne'er-do wells.
Barnaby Rudge by
Publication Date: 1841
Barnaby Rudge is a story of mystery and suspense, which begins with an unsolved double murder and goes on to involve conspiracy, blackmail, abduction, and retribution.
A Christmas Carol by
Publication Date: 1843
Tells the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge's eerie encounters with a series of spectral visitors.
The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit by
Publication Date: 1844
The greed of his family has led wealthy old Martin Chuzzlewit to become suspicious and misanthropic, leaving his grandson and namesake to make his own way in the world.
Dombey and Son by
Publication Date: 1848
To Paul Dombey, business is all and money can do anything. He runs his family life as he runs his firm: coldly, calculatingly, and commercially.
The Personal History of David Copperfield by
Publication Date: 1850
The story of a young man's adventures on his journey from an unhappy and impoverished childhood to the discovery of his vocation as a successful novelist.
Bleak House by
Publication Date: 1853
As the interminable case of 'Jarndyce and Jarndyce' grinds its way through the Court of Chancery, it draws together a disparate group of people.
Hard Times by
Publication Date: 1854
The story of Thomas Gradgrind, a "fanatic of the demonstrable fact," who raises his children, Tom and Louisa, in a stifling and arid atmosphere of grim practicality.
A Tale of Two Cities by
Publication Date: 1859
Unjustly imprisoned for 18 years in the Bastille, Dr. Alexandre Manette is reunited with his daughter, Lucie, and safely transported from France to England.
Little Dorrit by
Publication Date: 1857
When Arthur Clennam returns to England after many years abroad, he takes a kindly interest in Amy Dorrit, his mother's seamstress, and in the affairs of Amy's father, William Dorrit.
Great Expectations by
Publication Date: 1861
Humble, orphaned Pip, a ward of his short-tempered older sister and her husband, Joe, is apprenticed to the dirty work of the forge but dares to dream of becoming a gentleman.
Our Mutual Friend by
Publication Date: 1865
Centers on an inheritance and its legatees, young John Harmon, presumed drowned when a body is pulled out of the River Thames, and kindly dustman Mr. Boffin, to whom the fortune defaults.
The Mystery of Edwin Drood by
Publication Date: 1870
Edwin Drood is contracted to marry orphan Rosa Bud when he comes of age, but when they find that duty has gradually replaced affection, they agree to break off the engagement.
Benjamin Disraeli, 1804-1881
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Vivian Grey by
Publication Date: 1826
Describes the development of a precocious young dandy, the son of a well-known man of letters with a huge private library.
Sybil; or, The Two Nations by
Publication Date: 1845
Charles Egremont, the younger brother of Lord Marney, investigates the conditions of the lower classes in the disguise of a Mr. Franklin.
Publication Date: 1870
Lothair, a wealthy young orphaned Scottish nobleman has been brought up in the legal guardianship of his Presbyterian uncle Lord Culloden and of a Catholic convert, Cardinal Grandison.
Arthur Conan Doyle, 1859-1930
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The Sign of Four by
Publication Date: 1890
As a dense yellow fog swirls through the streets of London, a deep melancholy has descended on Sherlock Holmes, who sits in a cocaine-induced haze at 221B Baker Street.