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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.
the case of Jarndyce vs. Jarndyce—a long and hopeless lawsuit over a
disputed will—drags slowly on through the courts, it begins to wear down
all those caught in its complicated web. Esther Summerson, an orphan
placed in the care of the kind and gentle John Jarndyce at Bleak House,
can only watch on as the people she loves are consumed by the
proceedings. But when Esther's past comes looking for her, will the
discovery of her true identity finally lead her to the answers she has
been searching for
Rising rage and extreme bewilderment had swelled the noble breast of Mr Pickwick, almost to the bursting of his waistcoat
Few first novels have created as much popular excitement as The Pickwick
Papers – a comic masterpiece that catapulted its twenty-four-year-old
author to immediate fame. Readers were captivated by the adventures of
the poet Snodgrass, the lover Tupman, the sportsman Winkle and, above
all, by that quintessentially English Quixote, Mr Pickwick, and his
cockney Sancho Panza, Sam Weller. From the hallowed turf of Dingley Dell
Cricket Club to the unholy fracas of the Eatanswill election, via the
Fleet debtor’s prison, characters and incidents sprang to life from
Dickens’s pen, to form an enduringly popular work of ebullient humour
and literary invention.
on the first edition, Hard Times is informatively annotated with a
lively introduction and helpful notes on cultural references, social and
political mores, literary allusions, and unfamiliar word usage. In
addition to a chronology coordinating Dickens' life with key historical
events, the editors explore the political, economical, educational, and
social state of England in the 1830s and 1840s. Many of these issues are
reflected in the section of Victorian era reactions to Hard Times. A
guide to further reading is provided as a service to students, scholars,
and the curious.
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 Tale of Two Cities is the second historical novel by Charles Dickens, set in London and Paris before and during the French Revolution. It depicts the plight of the French proletariat under the brutal oppression of the French aristocracy in the years leading up to the revolution, and the corresponding savage brutality demonstrated by the revolutionaries toward the former aristocrats in the early years of the revolution. It follows the lives of several protagonists through these events, most notably Charles Darnay, a French once-aristocrat who falls victim to the indiscriminate wrath of the revolution despite his virtuous nature, and Sydney Carton, a dissipated English barrister who endeavours to redeem his ill-spent life out of love for Darnay's wife, Lucie Manette.
The novel was published in weekly installments (not monthly, as with most of his other novels). The first installment ran in the first issue of Dickens' literary periodical All the Year Round appearing April 30, 1859; the thirty-first and final ran on November 26 of the same year.
Some have argued that in A Tale of Two Cities Dickens reflects on his recently begun affair with eighteen-year-old actress Ellen Ternan, which was possibly platonic but certainly romantic. Lucie Manette has been noted as resembling Ternan physically.
Over the years the Modern Library has become a staple of the American book trade, providing readers with affordable, beautifully produced, hardbound editions of important works of literature and thought. Perfect for students, the Modern Library comprises over 170 titles by such oft-studied authors as Plato, Chaucer, Bronte, Dostoevsky, Faulkner, Joyce, Keats, Shakespeare and Chekhov.
And coming soon, more Modern Library titles on the Random House Web Site.
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 meetings 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. David Copperfield has been adapted for film, television, and stage.