The works of Charles Dickens

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Dec 31, 1898
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Book 3
As well as editing the famous Fairy Books, Andrew Lang created a diverse oeuvre of short story collections, novels, poetry and a scholarly corpus of essays and non-fiction books. This Delphi edition offers a comprehensive range of Lang’s prolific works, with thousands of beautiful illustrations, as well as the usual bonus texts. (Current version: 2)

* the complete Fairy Books, all fully-illustrated with their original Victorian artwork – first time in digital print
* special contents table for the Fairy Books
* ALL the novels, with contents tables
* images of how the books first appeared, giving your eReader a taste of the Victorian texts
* many short story collections, with beautiful illustrations
* ARABIAN NIGHTS fully illustrated – first time in digital print
* 13 poetry collections, with contents tables and illustrations
* special chronological and alphabetical contents tables for the poetry – find that special poem quickly and easily!
* features 29 non-fiction books, each with contents tables
* includes two biographical essays on Lang – explore the writer’s literary life!
* many images relating to Lang’s life and works
* scholarly ordering of texts in chronological order and literary genres, allowing easy navigation around Lang’s immense oeuvre

CONTENTS:

The Fairy Books
THE BLUE FAIRY BOOK
THE RED FAIRY BOOK
THE GREEN FAIRY BOOK
THE YELLOW FAIRY BOOK
THE PINK FAIRY BOOK
THE GREY FAIRY BOOK
THE VIOLET FAIRY BOOK
THE CRIMSON FAIRY BOOK
THE BROWN FAIRY BOOK
THE ORANGE FAIRY BOOK
THE OLIVE FAIRY BOOK
THE LILAC FAIRY BOOK

The Fairy Tales
LIST OF THE TALES IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER
LIST OF THE TALES IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER

Other Story Collections
MUCH DARKER DAYS
IN THE WRONG PARADISE AND OTHER STORIES
HE
THE GOLD OF FAIRNILEE
PRINCE PRIGIO
THE TRUE STORY BOOK
PRINCE RICARDO OF PANTOUFLIA
ANGLING SKETCHES
THE BOOK OF DREAMS AND GHOSTS
ARABIAN NIGHTS
THE DISENTANGLERS
THE RED TRUE STORY BOOK
TALES OF TROY AND GREECE
THE ANIMAL STORY BOOK
THE BOOK OF ROMANCE
THE RED ROMANCE BOOK
THE RED BOOK OF HEROES by Mrs. Lang
TALES OF ROMANCE
THE STRANGE STORY BOOK by Mrs. Lang

The Novels
THE MARK OF CAIN
THE WORLD’S DESIRE
PARSON KELLY

The Poetry Collections
BALLADS, LYRICS, AND POEMS OF OLD FRANCE
THE ODYSSEY
THEOCRITUS BION AND MOSCHUS
BALLADS IN BLUE CHINA
HELEN OF TROY
THE ILIAD
RHYMES A LA MODE
AUCASSIN AND NICOLETE
A COLLECTION OF BALLADS
GRASS OF PARNASSUS
BAN AND ARRIERE BAN
THE NURSERY RHYME BOOK
NEW COLLECTED RHYMES

The Poetry
LIST OF POEMS IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER
LIST OF POEMS IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER

The Non-Fiction
OXFORD
THE LIBRARY
and many more - too many to list

The Biographies
ANDREW LANG by Edmund Gosse
SPENCER WALPOLE AND ANDREW LANG by Horace G. Hutchinson
Charles Dickens


PREFACE TO THE 1857 EDITION

I have been occupied with this story, during many working hours of

two years. I must have been very ill employed, if I could not

leave its merits and demerits as a whole, to express themselves on

its being read as a whole. But, as it is not unreasonable to

suppose that I may have held its threads with a more continuous

attention than anyone else can have given them during its desultory

publication, it is not unreasonable to ask that the weaving may be

looked at in its completed state, and with the pattern finished.

If I might offer any apology for so exaggerated a fiction as the

Barnacles and the Circumlocution Office, I would seek it in the

common experience of an Englishman, without presuming to mention

the unimportant fact of my having done that violence to good

manners, in the days of a Russian war, and of a Court of Inquiry at

Chelsea. If I might make so bold as to defend that extravagant

conception, Mr Merdle, I would hint that it originated after the

Railroad-share epoch, in the times of a certain Irish bank, and of

one or two other equally laudable enterprises. If I were to plead

anything in mitigation of the preposterous fancy that a bad design

will sometimes claim to be a good and an expressly religious

design, it would be the curious coincidence that it has been

brought to its climax in these pages, in the days of the public

examination of late Directors of a Royal British Bank. But, I

submit myself to suffer judgment to go by default on all these

counts, if need be, and to accept the assurance (on good authority)

that nothing like them was ever known in this land.

Some of my readers may have an interest in being informed whether

or no any portions of the Marshalsea Prison are yet standing. I

did not know, myself, until the sixth of this present month, when

I went to look. I found the outer front courtyard, often mentioned

here, metamorphosed into a butter shop; and I then almost gave up

every brick of the jail for lost. Wandering, however, down a

certain adjacent 'Angel Court, leading to Bermondsey', I came to

'Marshalsea Place:' the houses in which I recognised, not only as

the great block of the former prison, but as preserving the rooms

that arose in my mind's-eye when I became Little Dorrit's

biographer. The smallest boy I ever conversed with, carrying the

largest baby I ever saw, offered a supernaturally intelligent

explanation of the locality in its old uses, and was very nearly

correct. How this young Newton (for such I judge him to be) came

by his information, I don't know; he was a quarter of a century too
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