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Charles Dickens and His Fictional World

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 "More than any other British writer other than Shakespeare, Dickens has engaged the popular imagination with his crowded gallery of memorable characters and his detailed rendering of the life of his times. His stories and people are familiar even to those who have never read the novels: Oliver Twist, Scrooge, and Mr. Pickwick are as well known as Hamlet, Romeo, or Falstaff."

David, Paul, Charles Dickens A to Z. New York: Facts on File, Inc. 1998. p. vii.

 

BOOKS BY DICKENS IN THE HMCPL CATALOG

Following are novels and collections by Charles Dickens in the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library catalog:

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Sketches by Boz - Dickens, Charles
Call Number: F DIC
ISBN: 9780192545183
Publication Date: 1836-39

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The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club - Dickens, Charles
Call Number: F DIC
ISBN: 9780375405488
Publication Date: 1836-37

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The Adventures of Oliver Twist - Dickens, Charles
Call Number: F DIC
ISBN: 9780460874908
Publication Date: 1837-39

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Nicholas Nickleby - Dickens, Charles
Call Number: YA DIC
ISBN: 9781848378919
Publication Date: 1838-39

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The Old Curiosity Shop - Dickens, Charles
Call Number: F DIC
ISBN: 9780140437423
Publication Date: 1840-41

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Barnaby Rudge - Dickens, Charles
Call Number: F DIC
ISBN: 9780192545138
Publication Date: 1841

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American Notes - Dickens, Charles
Call Number: 917.304 DIC
ISBN: 9780679601852
Publication Date: 1842

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The Annotated Christmas Carol: A Christmas Carol in Prose - Dickens, Charles; Michael Patrick Hearn (editor)
Call Number: F DIC
ISBN: 9780393051582
Publication Date: Original publication: 1842; this edition: 2004
The celebrated annotator of "The Wizard of Oz" and "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" has now prepared a new edition of the Dickens classic and includes the history of the book's evolution.

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David Copperfield - Dickens, Charles
Call Number: F DIC CLASSIC
ISBN: 9780679603207
Publication Date: 1849-50

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Bleak House - Dickens, Charles
Call Number: F DIC
ISBN: 9780679405689
Publication Date: 1852-53

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Hard Times for These Times - Dickens, Charles
Call Number: F DIC
ISBN: 9780192545152
Publication Date: 1854

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A Tale of Two Cities - Dickens, Charles
Call Number: F DIC
ISBN: 9781848373174
Publication Date: 1859

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Great Expectations - Dickens, Charles
Call Number: F DIC
ISBN: 9780141439563
Publication Date: 1860-61

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Our Mutual Friend - Dickens, Charles
Call Number: F DIC CLASSIC
ISBN: 9780679600220
Publication Date: 1864-65

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The Mystery of Edwin Drood - Dickens, Charles
Call Number: M DIC
ISBN: 9780192545169
Publication Date: 1870

 

Dickens Criticism in the HMCPL Catalog

Following are full-length volumes of criticism of the works of Charles Dickens in the HMCPL catalog:

Dickens and the Broken Scripture - Larson, Janet L.
Call Number: 823.8 LAR
ISBN: 9780820307695
Publication Date: 1985
From the book jacket: '...as Larson demonstrates, Dickens' use of biblical allusion and quotation was as sophisticated and multifaceted as his use of character, narrative, description, and plot. In Dickens' novels, the Bible is not a monolithic source of authority. It is rather a broken book, in need of revitalization and reinterpretation for his time, but also desperately vulnerable to attack from the unruly fictional worlds of the novels and from the tempestuous Victorian society that they reflect.'

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Student Companion to Charles Dickens - Glancy, Ruth F.
Call Number: 823.8 DIC GLA
ISBN: 9780313306112
Publication Date: 1999
From the book jacket: 'Glancy skillfully takes the reader back in time to appreciate the historical settings that inspired works such as 'Oliver Twist,' 'Great Expectations,' and 'A Tale of Two Cities.' ..Glancy's analysis of plot, style, and character development brings these imaginative stories to life for the reader.'

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Charles Dickens: Modern Critical Views - Bloom, Harold (editor)
Call Number: R 823.8 DIC CHA
ISBN: 9780877546900
Publication Date: 1987

Charles Dickens's Bleak House: Modern Critical Interpretations - Bloom, Harold (editor)
Call Number: R 823.8 DIC CHA
ISBN: 9780877547358
Publication Date: 1987

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Charles Dickens's David Copperfield: Modern Critical Interpretations - Bloom, Harold (editor)
Call Number: R 823.8 DIC CHA
ISBN: 9780877547365
Publication Date: 1987

Charles Dickens's Hard Times: Modern Critical Interpretations - Bloom, Harold (editor)
Call Number: R 823.8 DIC CHA
ISBN: 9780877547372
Publication Date: 1987

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Charles Dickens's A Tale of Two Cities: Modern Critical Interpretations - Bloom, Harold (editor)
Call Number: R 823.8 DIC CHA
ISBN: 9780877547389
Publication Date: 1987

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