A Tale of Two Cities
The novel depicts the plight of the French peasantry demoralised by the French aristocracy in the years leading up to the revolution, the corresponding brutality demonstrated by the revolutionaries toward the former aristocrats in the early years of the revolution, and many unflattering social parallels with life in London during the same time period. It follows the lives of several protagonists through these events. The most notable are Charles Darnay and Sydney Carton. Darnay is a former French aristocrat who falls victim to the indiscriminate wrath of the revolution despite his virtuous nature, and Carton is a dissipated English barrister who endeavors to redeem his ill-spent life out of his unrequited love for Darnay's wife. The 45-chapter novel was published in 31 weekly installments in Dickens's new literary periodical titled All the Year Round.
This classic tale tells of an orphan, Pip, who through a series of strange circumstances first finds a trade as a blacksmith's apprentice and then learns that he has "great expectations" of a future inheritance from an anonymous benefactor. He soon learns to live the profligate life of a gentleman as he gradually sheds his associations with the gentle souls of his past, Joe (the blacksmith) and Biddy (a level-headed young lady). He throws his money at improving the prospects of his roommate and friend Herbert and his heart at an "ice princess" whose heart will never respond. But then an escaped convict from his distant past comes calling, and all Pip's hopes dissolve.
Bristly, sensitive, and meat-hungry Pip is a robust young whelp, an orphan born under a full moon. Between hunting escaped convicts alongside zombified soldiers, trying not to become one of the hunted himself, and hiding his hairy hands from the supernaturally beautiful and haughty Estella, whose devilish moods keep him chomping at the bit, Pip is sure he will die penniless or a convict like the rest of his commonly uncommon kind.
But then a mysterious benefactor sends him to London for the finest werewolf education money can buy. In the company of other furry young gentlemen, Pip tempers his violent transformations and devours the secrets of his dark world. When he discovers that his beloved Estella is a slayer of supernatural creatures, trained by the corpse-like vampire Miss Havisham, Pip’s desire for her grows stronger than his midnight hunger for rare fresh beef. But can he risk his hide for a truth that will make Estella his forever—or will she drive one last silver stake through his heart?
Faulks on Fiction (Includes 3 Vintage Classics): Great British Snobs and the Secret Life of the Novel
The publication of Robinson Crusoe in London in 1719 marked the arrival of a revolutionary art form: the novel. British writers were prominent in shaping the new type of storytelling - one which reflected the experiences of ordinary people, with characters in whom readers could find not only an escape, but a deeper understanding of their own lives.
But the novel was more than just a reflection of British life. As Sebastian Faulks explains in this engaging literary and social history, it also helped invent the British. By focusing not on writers but on the people they gave us, Faulks not only celebrates the recently neglected act of novelistic creation but shows how the most enduring fictional characters over the centuries have helped map the British psyche. In this ebook, Sebastian celebrates the greatest snobs in fiction - from Emma Woodhouse to James Bond.
Also included are three classic novels:
Emma by Jane Austen: Emma is rich, independent and preoccupied with arranging suitors for her acquaintances. Her plans for the matrimonial success of a new friend, however, lead her into complications that ultimately test her own detachment from the world of romance.
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens: Pip's life as an ordinary country boy is destined to be unexceptional until a chain of mysterious events lead him away from his humble origins and up the social ladder.
The Diary of a Nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith: Mr Charles Pooter is a respectable man, unfortunately, nobody seems to recognise his gentility. George and Weedon Grossmith's comic novel, perfectly illustrated, is a glorious, affectionate caricature of the English middle-class at the end of nineteenth century.
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The holiday season brings the chance to give, and what better gift is there than one of the most beloved stories in the English language? This year, we at Atria Books are offering a free ebook edition of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, the perfect companion for a cozy night by the fire.
Since its publication in 1843, A Christmas Carol and the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge have become literary classics. Illuminated with practical scholarship and questions for discussion, this edition makes a charming package that includes the facts behind the fiction, as well as the pure joy and magic of this timeless tale about the true meaning of Christmas.
• 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.
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 Christmas carol in prose, being a ghost story of Christmas: With original art and narration by Jon Langford
The ebook edition of «A Christmas Carol» from Animedia Company is magnificently illustrated by Arthur Rackham and John Leech.
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David Copperfield is the unforgettable story of David’s pursuit of his dream of being a successful writer. Following David from his impoverished childhood to his encounters with the memorable Uriah Heep, the beautiful Dora, and the comic Micawber, David Copperfield is believed to be the most autobiographical of Charles Dickens’s works.
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American Notes for General Circulation
Bardell v. Pickwick
The Battle of Life
A Child's History of England
A Christmas Carol
The Cricket on the Hearth
Dombey and Son
George Silverman's Explanation
Going into Society
The Haunted Man and the Ghost's Bargin
A House to Let
The Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices
Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
Master Humphrey's Clock
A Message from the Sea
Mrs. Lirriper's Legacy
Mrs. Lirriper's Lodgings
Mudfog and Other Sketches
The Mystery of Edwin Drood
The Life And Adventures Of Nicholas Nickleby
The Old Curiosity Shop
Our Mutual Friend
The Perils of Certain English Prisoners
The Pickwick Papers
Pictures from Italy
Sketches of Young Couples
Sketches of Young Gentlemen
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