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by Charles Dickens

As far as the greatest writers in history go, Sir Charles Dickens is right there among the leaders. He was a visionary, a hero, a true champion and an outstanding author. Over the course of his life, this man had written numerous novels, novellas, short stories, sketches, notes, articles, essays, travelogues, and everything else in between.

Yes, his legacy is pretty huge, and it wasn’t an easy task to gather all of his works in one place. But we did it, and that is why we are proud to present it to you! We even have all of his speeches (56 in total) gathered for you in the respective folder.

Every single novel, every single short story has a place on our website, and you can access all of them with just a couple of clicks. Read them online or download straight to your device in one of the three most popular formats – EPUB, MOBI, and PDF – the choice is yours.

Major Works

Dickens is mostly famous for his epic novels, those grandiose stories that touched the hearts of countless folks all over the globe. It’s been 150-170 years since their original publication, but the kids still study them at school, not to mention the scholars and the professor dedicate their whole lives to this man’s works.

The greatest thing about Dickens’s novels is that he never disappointed his fans. Yes, some of them were better than the other ones, but he never took advantage of his fame and worked hard to deliver all-time classics.

A Charles Dickens novel is like a whole world with several memorable characters, mighty plot twists, thought-provoking ideas and messages, and, of course, the writer’s trademark social criticism.

1837. The Pickwick Papers (Novel, Monthly serial, April 1836 to November 1837)

This is the very first novel written and published by Dickens. After his Sketches got the recognition they most certainly deserved, he was approached by a decent publishing house. They wanted him to provide the texts to the illustrations made by Mr. Seymour, one of the greatest illustrators in England at that time.

However, after the man passed, the writer took over the whole project and turned it into a successful serialized novel. And, after he introduced Weller in the tenth chapter, he became a nationwide star.

Even though Charles Dickens was pretty young when he wrote The Pickwick Papers (25 years old, to be exact), his literary brilliance was very much present, as were his satirical mind and the ruthless sense of humor.

1839. Oliver Twist (Novel, Monthly serial in Bentley’s Miscellany, February 1837 to April 1839)

It’s safe to say that this is one of the most heart-wrenching and heart-warming novels of the XIX century. The tale of the orphan kiddo who came into this world in a horrifying workhouse will make you both laugh and cry.

And, even though it’s a work of fiction, one too many English boys had to go through what Oliver had to endure. Charles Dickens himself used to work for 10 hours when he was just a little child, and this story includes some of his personal experiences.

1839. Nicholas Nickleby (Novel, Monthly serial, April 1838 to October 1839)

The first chapters are fun, light-headed and hilarious, while closer to the end, the novel turns into a dramatic tale and the plot becomes a lot more gripping. Note: Dickens was still working on his famous Oliver Twist when he came up with the Idea for Nickleby; so, he began to work on both novels simultaneously.

The notorious Yorkshire school is in the center of this story and just as touching as the workhouse and the London slums that Oliver had to experience. Social injustice is what used to drive Dickens, it’s what made him angry and fueled his talent, and in this story, he took it to another level.

1841. The Old Curiosity Shop (Novel, Weekly serial in Master Humphrey’s Clock, 25 April 1840 to 6 February 1841)

As far as the saddest novels by Dickens go, this is definitely on top of the list. The story follows an old man and his granddaughter. They run the shop together; the girl lost her mom and dad recently, and the grandpa is doing everything in his power to make sure she has everything she needs.

So, in order to ensure Nell’s future, he starts to gamble. However, instead of making money, he loses all of it and takes a loan from the local shark who takes it all away, leaving them stranded. This novel was incredibly popular and folks over in the United States gathered around and waited for the ships with the final chapter to arrive.

1841. Barnaby Rudge (Historical Novel, Weekly serial in Master Humphrey’s Clock, 13 February 1841, to 27 November 1841)

Fun fact: even though this is the 5th novel published by the iconic writer, the man himself wanted to release it first. Unfortunately, he couldn’t find a proper publisher and had to postpone the premiere. So, that’s why it first saw the light of day in ’41.

This is one of his least successful novels. The directors/screenwriters didn’t like it that much either and we have only a couple of adaptations. It’s a classic love story where a man loves a woman but, thanks to their families’ efforts, it’s almost impossible for them to be together.

It’s worth mentioning that, according to some sources, Grip, the title character’s pet raven, inspired Edgar Poe to create his timeless classic – The Raven. Actually, he was one of the few writers/poets of the XIX century had praised this novel.

1843. A Christmas Carol (Christmas novella; a ghost story)

It’s safe to say that this novel is one of the finest Christmas stories to ever be written. Dickens used his magic to deliver a truly inspiring, uplifting and motivating tale. Today, so many decades later, Mr. Scrooge’s figure and the philosophy that this character represents are just as popular as back in the day.

He was a mean, greedy person who didn’t care about anybody else but himself. However, after a mysterious visit from his dead friend’s ghost, he turned into a completely different man with different goals and ideas.

This novel shows us that it’s never too late to leave the wicked ways behind and turn into better folks. The bottom line is – if you love Christmas novels, this one’s a must-read.

1844. Martin Chuzzlewit (Novel, Monthly serial, December 1842 to July 1844)

The interesting fact about this novel is that while the sales were very low, the writer himself considered it to be his greatest work. Dickens published it in a serialized form, like many of his other famous novels.

But, for some reasons, the readers didn’t like it that much. So, in order to boost the monthly sales, the author decided to send his hero all the way to North America to introduce some new elements and get the audience excited.

He was pretty harsh in his description of the country. Dickens portrayed the United States as just a bunch of settlements with no proper government and a bunch of fraudsters. Obviously, the Americans didn’t like what he had to say and the sales decreased even more.

1848. Dombey And Son (Novel, Monthly serial, October 1846 to April 1848)

Another classic Dickens cut. The writer started to work on it in Switzerland and had to continue writing while in France to finish it by the time he got back to London.

As always, Dickens talked about a couple of important topics, sharing his opinion with the readers and letting them decide whether certain characters deserve what get at the end of not.

The critics claim that the title character was heavily inspired by the man’s father’s friend from the Navy. The truth is – all writers get their inspiration from the world around them. The important thing is how they use it all in their novels.

1850. David Copperfield (Novel, Monthly serial, May 1849 to November 1850)

This is the 8th novel in Dickens’s roster and the most autobiographical story by the master. True, he did use many experiences from his personal life in his other works, but, in all fairness, Copperfield is like the man’s life story.

David, the hero of the novel, was born without a father and had to live with his mom for seven years until she married another man and they forced him to leave. His aunt adopted him, but, soon after that, the boy went out into the big, scary world, trying to find his place in it. Despite all the odds, he never lost his loving, caring personality and his heart kept on beating.

1853. Bleak House (Novel, Monthly serial, March 1852 to September 1853)

One of the writer’s greatest novels, a true masterpiece and a story worth re-reading multiple times. Initially, it was published in monthly installments – 20 in total. Later, it became available as a book.

The interesting fact about it – the plot is told both by its heroine, Esther, and by an omniscient narrator. It comes with several memorable characters and is focused on the flaw of the judicial system of the Great Britain.

The critics are still arguing as to when the novel is set. Most folks claim that the events take place in 1827. Others say that it must be 1831-32. There are many famous adaptations of this immortal story, and some of them won prestigious international awards.

1854. Hard Times (Novel, Weekly serial in Household Words, 1 April 1854, to 12 August 1854)

This time around, Dickens satirized the drastic economic condition of his country and talked about moral deprivation of the society. There are some interesting facts about this novel: first of all, it’s the shortest one. Next, it doesn’t have a single illustration or a proper intro.

And finally, of all the novels by the famed writer, this is the only one that avoids London. When the sales of Household World started to decline, Dickens fixed the situation by publishing Hard Times. Utilitarianism was the biggest concern of the writer in this novel. He also expressed his disappointment with the industrial revolution.

1857. Little Dorrit (Novel, Monthly serial, December 1855 to June 1857)

Little Dorrit is also quite a personal novel, as it explores the ins and outs of the debtors’ prisons. It’s no secret that his father spent some time in one after he failed to pay his debts.

And that’s when Charles had to learn how to survive in the world without his family’s support. The class system, the bureaucracy on every step of the way and the horrifying conditions for the industrial workers are the main themes in this epic novel.

1859. A Tale Of Two Cities (Historical Novel, Weekly serial in All the Year Round, 30 April 1859, to 26 November 1859)

The most popular story by Charles Dickens and probably the greatest historical novel of the XIX century. It’s got numerous adaptations, millions of fans all over the globe and, judging by some sources, 200+ million copies have been sold to this day.

Set before and during the horrifying revolution in France, the plot is set in two capitals and follows the lives of simple folks who just want to be happy and protect their families.

1861. Great Expectations (Novel, Weekly serial in All the Year Round, 1 December 1860 to 3 August 1861)

The story of Pip is one of the most touching and moving ones in literature. This young man has been on his own for almost his entire life. He had to go through numerous struggles and overcome one too many obstacles to find his place in the society.

This character’s personal growth is at the center of the plot. Along with “Copperfield”, this is the only novel to be narrated in 1st person. After all the monthly installments hit the shelves, it became available in three huge volumes.

1865. Our Mutual Friend (Novel, Monthly serial, May 1864 to November 1865)

Tthe last novel that the great writer was able to finish. This story is equally sophisticated, complex, overwhelming and thought-provoking. Social analysis is as outstanding as ever, and Dickens’s trademark satire is on point.

As the critics say, money is the lead character of Our Mutual Friend. John is a wealthy man who decided to stage his own death to get closer to his new family and to learn their true intentions for him.

1870. The Mystery Of Edwin Drood (Unfinished Novel – Only six of twelve planned numbers completed, Monthly serial, April 1870 to September 1870)

The one and only unfinished novel by the famed Englishman. Only the half of it is done and the fans will never know how Dickens really wanted to finish it. Now, most of his friends and family members draw the same picture, and it’s probably the most accurate one.

Still, Dickens was known for changing his plots and introducing new things at even the latest stages. This is a gripping and engrossing story that keeps the tension rising with every new chapter. There are numerous endings written by several writers; but, again, nothing will compare to what the master had in his head.

Christmas Books

Christmas is probably the most important holiday of the year. Many writers have dedicated their talents to writing stand-out stories and novels about it, but, in all fairness, Dickens had the most magical touch.

Overall, he wrote 5 Christmas books, and all of them are great. So, if you’re in a mood to celebrate, make sure to go to the respective section and check them all out, dear readers.

1843. A Christmas Carol (Christmas novella; a ghost story)

Yes, that’s the story that your parents used to read to you during your childhood. This is an exceptionally popular novella about Christmas that brings the spirit back and makes us believe in miracles again. There are numerous adaptations of A Christmas Carol, and most of them are good. Animated movies, black-and-white films, TV editions – there’s enough to pick from.

1844. The Chimes (Christmas novella)

Just like the first book in the Christmas series, the fans and the critics called The Chimes a masterpiece and had only nice things to say about it. This is, actually, one of the most successful publications by Dickens. Some called it a radical work; others praised the message and called it a monumental novella. The truth is – this is a literary treasure and should be treated accordingly.

1845. The Cricket On The Hearth (Christmas novella)

The third installment in the Christmas franchise and another huge success for the writer. Dickens called it one of his favorite stories and put a lot of effort into turning it into a must-read. The buzz around it was simply outstanding and while it was released on December 20th, as much as 17 (!) stage productions were ready for the Christmas weeks.

1846. The Battle Of Life (Christmas novella)

The fourth chapter in the grandiose series. However, unlike the first three, this one didn’t sell that good. In fact, the sales were unusually low for a writer of Dickens’s magnitude. Still, it’s a worthy read for a nice snowy evening.

1848. The Haunted Man (Christmas novella; a ghost story)

This is the last part of the 5-book Christmas collection and is also one of the least popular and loved works by the famed writer. In all fairness, the plot is great and the characters are likable.

Christmas Stories

Do you know what Charles Dickens loved more than Christmas books? Christmas stories, of course! He wrote a lot of those and you’ll find the fullest collection on our website. You’ve got as much as 19 stories/tales to pick from, ladies and gentlemen.

1850. A Christmas Tree (Christmas Story)

The plot is centered on an older man who’s reminiscing about his old days and trying to find happiness in the present. A moving, touching story.

1851. What Christmas Is As We Grow Older (Christmas Story)

Do we need to treat Christmas as just another day in the year? Or maybe we should cheer for it like our children do? Dickens tries to find the right answer.

1852. The Poor Relation’s Story (Christmas Story)

Drama and comedy were combined to create an entertaining story. It’s not one of the writer’s greatest works but is definitely worth your while.

1852. The Child’s Story (Christmas Story)

This tale follows the life of one human being from the early days to old age.

1853. The Schoolboy’s Story (Christmas Story)

Just another tale about a couple of young lads acting a fool and having fun with their daily routine. A must-read for the fans of good-old English tales.

1853. Nobody’s Story (Christmas Story)

This one is considered to be a tiny masterpiece and one of the finest works by the master. It’s really heart-warming.

1854. The Seven Poor Travellers (Christmas Story, with Wilkie Collins, Adelaide Procter, George Sala and Eliza Linton – about the Six Poor Travellers House)

This is actually a collection of 7 tiny tales wrote by a number of gifted authors. Dickens and Collins contributed the greatest stories of them all.

1855. The Holly-Tree (Christmas Story, with Wilkie Collins, William Howitt, Harriet Parr and Adelaide Procter)

The weather is acting up, and a traveler is forced to sit it out in an inn. His ideas and dreams are the main subjects of this sad tale.

1856. Wreck of the Golden Mary (with Wilkie Collins) (Christmas Story)

After a terrible shipwreck, the crew finds itself on unfamiliar grounds. They’ll have to overcome their fears and work together if they want to live to see another day.

1857. The Perils of Certain English Prisoners (with Wilkie Collins) (Christmas Story)

Another great example of an awesome collaboration between two talented writers. A must-read if you appreciate this dynamic duo (Christmas Story)

1858. Going Into Society (Christmas Story)

A smaller-than-average man entertains the locals in a circus. One day, he wins a lottery but wastes all that money on the most unimportant things.

1860. A Message From The Sea (Christmas Story)

Dickens and Collins joined forces once again for this gripping short Christmas tale.

1861. Tom Tiddler’s Ground (Christmas Story)

Ghost stories, westerns, and romantic tales came together in this collection. If you like when one story mixes different genres and writing styles, check this one out.

1862. Somebody’s Luggage (Christmas Story)

Nothing special about this tale. But, given the fact that Dickens wrote it, you can rest assured it will be satisfying at the very least.

1863. Mrs. Lirriper’s Lodgings (Christmas Story, with others)

Fun, drama and tragedy coexist in this intriguing tale.

1864. Mrs. Lirriper’s Legacy (Christmas Story, with others)

This is the sequel to the previous tale. If you like it, you most certainly should give this one a chance.

1865. Doctor Marigold (Christmas Story)

Charles Dickens at his best. Humorous, satirical and thought-provoking.

1866. Mugby Junction (Christmas Story, with Andrew Halliday, Hesba Stretton, Charles Allston Collins and Amelia Edwards)

Five writers came together to create this collection of tales. Might be great for a nice evening read.

1867. No Thoroughfare (with Wilkie Collins) (Christmas Story)

Yes, these two masters really liked to work with each other. They created several big/small stories together, and this one’s pretty catchy.

Short Stories

They say that you can’t always judge a writer by his full-length novels and should find his true worth in the shorter works. If that’s really the case, then Dickens is, without a doubt, one of the greatest that ever lived.

1838. The Lamplighter’s Story (Short Story)

Can a tale about lamplighter actually be interesting for the regular readers? Yes, it can. You won’t be able to put it down until you finish it.

1841. Master Humphrey’s Clock (Short Story)

This is a frame story in which the title character introduces himself and his friends to the readers. It’s one of the most important stories in Dickens’s career.

1852. To Be Read At Dusk (A ghost story)

Dickens was a big fan of ghost stories and his audience shared his love. Back in the XIX century, this genre was really popular.

1853. Chapter 26. England Under Henry The Seventh

The master’s A Child’s History Of England is a truly wonderful book. This chapter follows the life of Henry VII.

1858. A House To Let (A ghost story, with Wilkie Collins, Elizabeth Gaskell, and Adelaide Procter)

A collaboration between 4 famous writers, a ghost story with a thrilling plot and an unusual ending.

1859. The Haunted House (A ghost story, with Wilkie Collins, Elizabeth Gaskell, Adelaide Procter, George Sala and Hesba Stretton)

Do ghost tales and Christmas stories go well together? As Dickens and his fellow writers proved in this collection, they most certainly do.

1859. The Hunted Down (Short story)

One of the first detective thrillers to ever be released. A worthy pick for some old-school reading.

1865. The Trial For Murder (A ghost story)

A tired and bored bank worker is looking for something exciting in life. But when a ghost comes after him, everything changes. A standout cut from the list of Dickens’s ghost stories.

1866. The Signal Man (A ghost story)

There’s a scary ghost that’s been haunting a signal man at the local station. He doesn’t know what to do and needs somebody to help him. The critics are calling it a top-notch ghost story.

1868. A Holiday Romance (Short story)

These tales are told from the points of view of little kids, which makes them very special.

1868. George Silverman’s Explanation (Short story)

Dickens used his writing brilliance to deliver a short masterpiece.

Nonfiction

Along with creating one of the most glorious fictional stories in the world, Charles Dickens was also great at nonfiction, including articles, essays, notes, and everything else in between.

1836. Sketches By Boz (Short stories)

This is the first significant collection of tiny tales by the famed Englishman. You can almost feel his striving mind and passionate heart jumping out at you from these pages.

1836. Sunday Under Three Heads (nonfiction, under the pseudonym “Timothy Sparks”)

Dickens’s take on the barbaric laws that made the low-class folks work during Sundays for the amusement of the rich people.

1853. A Child’s History of England (Non-fiction History)

Nobody could talk about the history of England in the way Dickens did. He wasn’t a big fan of its kings and queens and shared his own, honest opinion, which eventually made the book a part of the school program.

1858. Reprinted Pieces (Short stories)

Another fine collection of stories printed in several magazines and periodicals.

1859. Contributions to All the Year Round (Novels, short stories)

After Dickens founded this journal in ’59, he introduced the world to A Tale Of Two Cities in a serialized form.

1870. Speeches

Overall, the famous writer delivered 56 speeches over the course of his life, and every single one of those speeches was influential and powerful. Even though we can’t hear the man talk, his words are as powerful as ever.

1908. Miscellaneous Papers (nonfiction)

Another fine collection of works by Charles Dickens that were initially published in periodicals like Household Words and ATYR.

Travel Notes

The only thing that Dickens might’ve liked more than writing was traveling. He spent a lot of time taking trips all over the worlds and usually returned home with a great travelogue.

1842. American Notes (Non-fiction Travelogue)

The most influential, resonating and scandalous travel notes by Dickens. He did have a lot of good things to say about the country, but the locals only paid attention to his harsh-yet-true notes.

1846. Pictures From Italy (Non-fiction Travelogue)

Compared to the American notes, these ones are a lot more light and joyful. Still, Dickens wouldn’t be himself if he didn’t write about the poor conditions of the working-class folks in the streets of Rome.

1857. The Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices (Short Story, travelogue, with Wilkie Collins)

Whenever these two writers joined forces, something incredible usually hit the shelves. Without a doubt, this is their best collaboration – funny, riveting, and wise.

1860. The Uncommercial Traveller (Short Stories and Reminiscences)

 

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