Paul Dombey is a cold, unbending, pompous merchant, and a widower with two children - Paul and Florence. His chief ambition is to perpetuate the firm-name. He dreams of passing his business on to his son. Dombey dotes on his son, and neglects and mistreats his daughter.The "son" in the title of the book is incapable of ever joining the firm. A sickly and odd child, Paul dies at the age of six. Dombey pours his resentment and anger out on his daughter, whom he pushes away despite her efforts to earn her father's love.Eventually Dombey remarries, after literally acquiring his new wife from her father in a commercial transaction. Dombey is as bad a husband as he is a father and his marriage is loveless. His new bride hates Dombey and eventually runs off with Canker, his business manager. Dombey characteristically blames Florence for this reversal, and strikes her, causing Florence to run away as well.Abandoned by everyone, Dombey loses his business and goes half insane, living in his decaying house. Dombey is eventually reconciled to his daughter, who always a doormat forgives her father........
Everyone is familiar with this classic Christmas story. Ebenezer Scrooge is a miserly, unpleasant man who despises Christmas and overworks his clerk Bob Cratchit. As he prepares for another Christmas Eve without celebration, Scrooge is greeted by his dead business partner, Jacob Marley who warns him that his greed will not go unpunished. At first, Scrooge doesn't heed Marley's warning, but soon he is visited by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Christmas Yet to Come. He is made to face his cruel nature, and to consider whether he should change his ways.
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The complete works of Charles Dickens in one collection: American Notes for General Circulation Bardell v. Pickwick Barnaby Rudge The Battle of Life Bleak House A Child's History of England The Chimes A Christmas Carol The Cricket on the Hearth David Copperfield Doctor Marigold Dombey and Son George Silverman's Explanation Going into Society Great Expectations Hard Times The Haunted Man and the Ghost's Bargin Holiday Romance A House to Let The Lamplighter The Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices Little Dorrit Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit Master Humphrey's Clock A Message from the Sea Miscellaneous Papers Mrs. Lirriper's Legacy Mrs. Lirriper's Lodgings Mudfog and Other Sketches Mugby Junction The Mystery of Edwin Drood The Life And Adventures Of Nicholas Nickleby No Thoroughfare The Old Curiosity Shop Oliver Twist Our Mutual Friend The Perils of Certain English Prisoners The Pickwick Papers Pictures from Italy Reprinted Pieces Sketches of Young Couples Sketches of Young Gentlemen Somebody's Luggage Some Christmas Stories Sunday Under Three Heads A Tale of Two Cities Three Ghost Stories To be Read at Dusk Tom Tiddler's Ground The Uncommercial Traveller The Wreck of the Golden Mary
Pip, a poor orphan being raised by a cruel sister, does not have much in the way of great expectations—until he is inexplicably elevated to wealth by an anonymous benefactor. Full of unforgettable characters—including a terrifying convict named Magwitch, the eccentric Miss Havisham, and her beautiful but manipulative niece, Estella, Great Expectations is a tale of intrigue, unattainable love, and all of the happiness money can’t buy. “Great Expectations has the most wonderful and most perfectly worked-out plot for a novel in the English language,” according to John Irving, and J. Hillis Miller declares, “Great Expectations is the most unified and concentrated expression of Dickens’s abiding sense of the world, and Pip might be called the archetypal Dickens hero.”
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• More than 30 b&w and color illustrations by Marcus Stone, F.A. Fraser, John McLenan, F.O.C. Darley, and others • Dickens’s original ending, included as an addendum at the end of the book • A helpful introduction, author bio, and bibliography
Great Expectations is Charles Dickens’s beloved, autobiographical tale of a poor boy haunted by a dark secret and harboring grand hopes for his future as a gentleman. Pip, the story’s narrator, takes us through his early life—from his brush with an escaped convict on the marshes of southeast England to his exposure to genteel society through the warped old Miss Havisham and her icy protégé, the alluring young Estella. Apprenticed to the blacksmith, the tender-hearted Joe, Pip’s fortunes change dramatically thanks to a mysterious benefactor, and he must figure out what is real and what is false as he navigates his new world, while never quite escaping his old. Considered by many to be Dickens’s greatest work, Great Expectations will transport you, move you, and stay with you forever.
Beautifully yet simply formatted, carefully edited, and featuring more than 30 illustrations from the artists who realized the first serialized chapters and many of the early book editions of Great Expectations, this is the definitive digital version of the Dickens classic.
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* ALL 15 Novels and ALL illustrated with the original Victorian images * Each text is annotated with concise introductions, giving valuable contextual information * each novel and story collection has its own contents table * Special Bonus text of Henry Morford’s classic continuation of Edwin Drood – finish the novel at last! * all of the Christmas stories and novellas with their original artwork * the complete poetry, plays, letters and speeches * ALL of the collaborative works with other authors – even the very rare ones * beautifully illustrated with hundreds of Dickensian images * rare images of how the monthly serials first appeared, giving your eReader a taste of the original texts * includes bonus Pickwickiana text – Montcrieff’s drama SAM WELLER, giving a taste of the Victorian craze – available nowhere else as a digital book * includes John Forster's biography of Dickens; explore the great writer's amazing life! * features MEMOIRS OF JOSEPH GRIMALDI by Thomas Egerton Wilks, which Dickens edited in his early career - first time in digital print. * includes no less than FIVE more biographies, including Mamie Dickens’ memoir MY FATHER AS I RECALL HIM * boasts a special criticism section, with essays by writers such as Virginia Woolf, G.K. Chesterton, Andrew Lang and Henry James, examining Dickens’ contribution to literature * includes an Adaptations section, featuring Hallie Erminie Rives’ TALES FROM DICKENS and rare theatrical adaptations of the novels * UPDATED with larger images - enjoy the original illustrations in detail! * this truly is the Dickensian’s perfect eBook!
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A DINNER AT POPLAR WALK
The Novels ALL THE NOVELS JOHN JASPER’S SECRET BY HENRY MORFORD
The Christmas Novellas A CHRISTMAS CAROL THE CHIMES THE CRICKET ON THE HEARTH THE BATTLE OF LIFE THE HAUNTED MAN AND THE GHOST’S BARGAIN
The Short Stories LIST OF SHORT STORIES
The Short Story Collections SKETCHES BY BOZ ORIGINAL PUBLISHED ORDER OF THE SKETCHES MASTER HUMPHREY'S CLOCK REPRINTED PIECES
The Collaborative Works ALLTHE COLLABORATIVE WORKS
The Plays THE STRANGE GENTLEMAN THE VILLAGE COQUETTES IS SHE HIS WIFE? OR, SOMETHING SINGULAR! THE LAMPLIGHTER MR. NIGHTINGALE’S DIARY THE FROZEN DEEP NO THOROUGHFARE
The Poetry LIST OF THE POETRY
The Non-Fiction AMERICAN NOTES PICTURES FROM ITALY THE LIFE OF OUR LORD A CHILD’S HISTORY OF ENGLAND THE UNCOMMERCIAL TRAVELLER THE COMPLETE SPEECHES THE COMPLETE LETTERS MISCELLANEOUS PAPERS and many more
The Adaptations TALES FROM DICKENS BY HALLIE ERMINIE RIVES and more
The Criticism MANY ESSAYS BY FAMOUS WRITERS AND CRITICS
The Biographies THE LIFE OF CHARLES DICKENS BY JOHN FORSTER DICKENS BY SIR ADOLPHUS WILLIAM WARD LIFE OF CHARLES DICKENS BY SIR FRANK T. MARZIALS VICTORIAN WORTHIES: CHARLES DICKENS BY G.H. BLORE DICKENS' LONDON BY M. F. MANSFIELD MY FATHER AS I RECALL HIM BY MAMIE DICKENS
This Top Five Classics edition of Dickens’s immortal classic, A Christmas Carol, features:
• All of the original full-color illustrations by John Leech • 20 additional woodcut engravings by Sol Eytinge Jr. from the 1869 American edition by Ticknor & Fields • A helpful introduction, author bio, and bibliography
Ebenezer Scrooge, a miserly old curmudgeon who spurns Christmas as a “humbug,” is given the chance to redeem himself through the intervention of four Spirits on Christmas Eve. If reading Dickens’s most beloved story doesn't put you in the true spirit of Christmas, you may be beyond redemption.
As Scrooge’s nephew Fred said, “I have always thought of Christmas time . . . as a good time: a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time: the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow-passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys.”
Or as Tiny Tim put it more succinctly, “God bless us every one!”
A bone-chilling trio of supernatural tales by fiction master Charles Dickens
In “The Haunted House,” a new homeowner discovers he is sharing his bed with the skeleton of the house’s former master. In “The Trial for Murder,” a revengeful ghost haunts a juror serving at his killer’s trial. In “The Signal-Man,” an apparition warns a man of impending disaster.
These strange and frightening occurrences unfold in grim and gripping detail in this collection of 3 Victorian ghost stories that puts Charles Dickens’s first-rate storytelling on display.
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