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Charles Dickens

1812–1870
Novels, stories, plays, poetry, history, travelogues, essays, memoirs
Works on Greatest lists
Greatest Literature

Oliver Twist (1838)

A Christmas Carol (1843)

David Copperfield (1850)

Bleak House (1853)

Little Dorrit (1857)

A Tale of Two Cities (1859)

Great Expectations (1861)

Greatest Novels

Oliver Twist (1838)

Nicholas Nickleby (1839)

David Copperfield (1850)

Bleak House (1853)

Hard Times (1854)

Little Dorrit (1857)

A Tale of Two Cities (1859)

Great Expectations (1861)

Our Mutual Friend (1865)

Greatest Novellas

A Christmas Carol (1843)

Crime and Mystery

The Mystery of Edwin Drood (1870)

Commentaries on works
Oliver Twist

Oliver Twist is probably the novel most associated with Dickens, though not nearly his best nor most admired. It is also the first novel to take a child as the central character, which is.... more

A Christmas Carol

Everyone knows the story of A Christmas Carol, if not from reading Dickens, then from incessant showings of the many film versions, especially around the holiday season. And everyone.... more

David Copperfield

The first half of David Copperfield, concerning the struggles of the young boy against repressive step-parents and draconian schoolmasters, is one of the greatest.... more

Bleak House

Bleak House has both its ardent admirers who declare it among Dickens's masterpieces, as well as its detractors who call it one of his most grotesque potboilers. The author's.... more

Hard Times

What's to like about Hard Times: A lot. It's short, for a Dickens novel. It's accessible—anyone can read it without a great deal of learning and without getting lost in convoluted.... more

Little Dorrit

You could make a case that every Charles Dickens novel is atypical in some way, but Little Dorrit really is a special case. For one thing, it's been called his most political novel—the book that.... more

A Tale of Two Cities

It's the most political of Charles Dickens's novels, it's the least political—even anti-political—of Dickens's novels in some ways. But its position on politics, revolution, mob rule, democracy.... more

Great Expectations

The greatest expectation to be quashed in Great Expectations may be our assumption that the innocent lad at the centre of the story will turn out to be another David Copperfield or Oliver Twist.... more

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First appearance of works in book form

1836

Sketches by Boz Fifty-six sketches

1837

The Pickwick Papers Novel

1838

The Mudfog Papers Seven sketches

Sketches of Young Gentlemen Sketches

1839

Oliver Twist Novel

Nicholas Nickleby Novel

1840

Sketches of Young Couples Sketches

1841

The Old Curiosity Shop Novel

Barnaby Rudge Novel

Master Humphrey's Clock Novella

1842

American Notes Travelogue

1843

A Christmas Carol Novella

1844

Martin Chuzzlewit Novel

The Chimes Novella

1845

The Cricket on the Hearth Novella

1846

Pictures from Italy Travelogue

The Battle of Life Novella

1848

Dombey and Son Novel

The Haunted Man and the Ghost's Bargain Novella

1849

The Life of Our Lord History

1850

David Copperfield Novel

1853

A Child's History of England History

Bleak House Novel

1854

Hard Times Novel

1857

Little Dorrit Novel

1858

Reprinted Pieces Twenty-five stories

"The Long Voyage", "The Begging-Letter Writer", "A Child's Dream of a Star", "Our English Watering-Place", "Our French Watering-Place", "Bill-Sticking", "Births. Mrs. Meek, of a So", "Lying Awake", "The Ghost of Art", "Out of Town", "Out of the Season", "A Poor Man's Tale of a Patent", "The Noble Savage", "A Flight", "The Detective Police", "Three 'Detective' Anecdotes", "On Duty with Inspector Field", "Down with the Tide", "A Walk in a Workhouse", "Prince Bull: A Fairy Tale", "A Plated Article", "Our Honourable Friend", "Our School", "Our Vestry", "Our Bore", "A Monument of French Folly"

A House to Let Christmas edition of Household Words magazine

"Over the Way" with Wilkie Collins, "Going Into Society", "Let at Last"

Boots at the Holly-tree Inn: And Other Stories Stories

1859

A Tale of Two Cities Novel

The Haunted House Christmas edition of All the Year Round magazine, including three stories by Dickens

"The Mortals in the House", "The Ghost in Master B's Room", "The Ghost in the Corner Room"

1860

A Message From the Sea Christmas edition of All the Year Round magazine

"A Message From the Sea" with Wilkie Collins

1861

Great Expectations Novel

1865

Our Mutual Friend Novel

1866

Mugby Junction Christmas edition of All the Year Round magazine, including four stories by Dickens

"Barbox Brothers", "Barbox Brothers & Co.", "Main Line: The Boy at Mugby", "No. 1 Branch Line: The Signal-Man"

1867

No Thoroughfare Novel published in Christmas edition of All the Year Round magazine, with Wilkie Collins, based on their play

1868

The Uncommercial Traveller Stories, memoir

1870

The Mystery of Edwin Drood Novel

Speeches, Letters and Sayings of Charles Dickens Speeches, letters, quotations

1880–1882

The Letters of Charles Dickens From 1833 To 1870 Three volumes of letters, edited by Georgina Hogarth and Mary Dickens

1890

The Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices Travelogue, play and story (all with Wilkie Collins)

Travelogue: The Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices; story: "The Perils of Certain English Prisoners"

1982

Letters of Charles Dickens to Wilkie Collins Letters

1985

The Complete Poems of Charles Dickens Poems

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