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David Copperfield
Charles Dickens

David Copperfield is the novel that draws most closely from Charles Dickens’s own life. It’s eponymous hero, orphaned as a boy, grows up to discover love and happiness, heartbreak and sorrow amid a cast of eccentrics, innocents, and villains.


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Great Expectations
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. His efforts to become a London gentleman bring him into contact not just with the upper classes but also with dangerous criminals.


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Hard Times
Charles Dickens

Louisa and Tom Gradgrind have been harshly raised by their father, an educator, to know nothing but the most factual, pragmatic information. Their lives are devoid of beauty, culture, or imagination, and the two have little or no empathy for others.


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Mystery of Edwin Drood
Charles Dickens

Dickens’ marvelous tale of murder was left unfinished at his death in 1870. The novel has been all the more tantalizing for its lack of an ending to a mystifying puzzle that avid readers, over the years, have tried to solve.


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Our Mutual Friend
Charles Dickens

Riverman, Gaffer Hexam, and his daughter Lizzie troll the Thames searching for drowned men whose pockets Gaffer will rifle before turning the body over to the authorities. On this particular night Gaffer finds a corpse that is later identified as that of John Harmon, who was returning from abroad to claim a large fortune when he was apparently murdered and thrown into the river.


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Bleak House
Charles Dickens

Out of an interminable court case spin three young people, each searching for their place in the world. The story moves fast – swirling through an incredible array of characters from passionate young lovers, from an ice-cold aristocratic beauty to a shrewd, relentless detective – until the final thrilling climax.


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Disney's A Christmas Carol
Charles Dickens

Ebenezer Scrooge begins the Christmas holiday with his usual miserly contempt, barking at his faithful clerk and his cheery nephew. But when the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come take him on an eye-opening journey revealing truths Old Scrooge is reluctant to face, he must open his heart to undo years of ill will before it’s too late.


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The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby
Charles Dickens

Upon his father’s death, young and earnest Nicholas, his sister and their mother, make their way to London to seek out the financial assistance of Nicholas’s cold, calculating uncle, Ralph Nickleby. Ralph grudgingly provides his nephew with employment at a Yorkshire school for abandoned boys under the cartoonishly vile Wackford Squeers, but Nicholas can’t stomach the physical abuse Squeers heaps on his students.


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Little Dorrit
Charles Dickens

Amy Dorrit has spent her young life with her family in London’s debtor prison. Arthur Clennam, a kindly but ineffectual gentleman, who returns to England from China after twenty years, risks everything to help little Dorrits’s family.


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The Old Curiosity Shop
Charles Dickens

Nell Trent lives with her doting grandfather in his London shop. It is a magical place, filled from wall to wall with treasures. Grandfather keeps his nocturnal gambling activities a secret from Nell. He borrows heavily from the evil, profiteering loan shark Daniel Quilp. When Grandfather gambles away what little money they possess, Quilp seizes the opportunity to take possession of their beloved shop.


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Oliver Twist
Charles Dickens

Abandoned at an early age, Oliver Twist is forced to live in a workhouse lorded over by the awful Mr. Bumble, who cheats the boys of their meager rations. Desperate yet determined, Oliver makes his escape to the streets of London.


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Drood: A Novel
Dan Simmons

In this creepy intertextual tale of professional jealousy and possible madness, Wilkie Collins tells of his friendship and rivalry with Charles Dickens, and of the mysterious phantasm named Edwin Drood, who pursues them both. Drood, cadaverous and pale, first appears at the scene of a railway accident in which Dickens was one of the few survivors; later, Dickens and Collins descend into London’s sewer in search of his lair.


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A Tale of Two Cities
Charles Dickens

Carlton, a disillusioned lawyer, finds his world turned upside-down when the events of the French Revolution encroach on his decadent London life. Asked to defend a young French aristocrat, Darnay, Carlton finds himself falling in love with Darnay’s fiance Lucie.


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Animal Farm
George Orwell

This is a story about a group of farm animals that revolt against their human masters only to face corruption in the new order.


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Northanger Abbey
Jane Austen

Portraying social life in fashionable Bath and centered around Catherine Morland, this novel ridicules the popular tales of romance and terror and contrasts with these the normal realities of life.


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Robinson Crusoe
Daniel Defoe

Robinson Crusoe runs away from home to join the navy. After a series of adventures at sea, he is shipwrecked in a devastating storm, and finds himself alone on a remote desert island. He remains there many years, building a life for himself in solitude, until the day he discovers another mans footprint in the sand.


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Treasure Island
Robert Louis Stevenson

A treasure map where X marks the spot, a schooner set to sail, a onelegged seaman with a parrot on his shoulder, a boy whose bravery will be tested by murder, mutiny, and betrayal.


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Wuthering Heights
Emily Brontë

This is the story of a tormented foundling who falls in love with the daughter of his benefactor, and of the violence and misery that result from their thwarted longing for each other.


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Oliver! Original Broadway Cast
Charles Dickens

Lionel Bart’s wonderful musical adaptation of the CharlesDickens classic was the first London stage musical to be transplanted to Broadway with the same kind of sensation it received in Britain.


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