Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Thursday's Thirteen: Charles Dickens

Happy birthday, Charles John Huffam Dickens

February 1812 – 9 June 1870 He was an English novelist, generally considered the greatest of the Victorian period. Dickens enjoyed a wider popularity and fame than had any previous author during his lifetime, and he remains popular, having been responsible for some of English literature's most iconic novels and characters.

Here are thirteen of his books. These are of coarse not all of his work.

  1. The Adventures of Oliver Twist (Monthly serial in Bentley's Miscellany, February 1837 to April 1839) 
  2. The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (Monthly serial, April 1838 to October 1839) 
  3. The Old Curiosity Shop (Weekly serial in Master Humphrey's Clock, 25 April 1840, to 6 February 1841) 
  4. Barnaby Rudge: A Tale of the Riots of 'Eighty (Weekly serial in Master Humphrey's Clock, 13 February 1841, to 27 November 1841) 
  5. The Christmas books: A Christmas Carol (1843) 
  6. The Chimes (1844) 
  7. The Cricket on the Hearth (1845) 
  8. The Battle of Life (1846) 
  9. The Haunted Man and the Ghost's Bargain (1848) 
  10. The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit (Monthly serial, January 1843 to July 1844) 
  11. David Copperfield (Monthly serial, May 1849 to November 1850) 
  12. Bleak House (Monthly serial, March 1852 to September 1853) 
  13. A Tale of Two Cities (Weekly serial in All the Year Round, 30 April 1859, to 26 November 1859)
Which book of Dickens do have you enjoyed reading?


Shelley Munro said...

I like A Christmas Carol. It's amazing that so many of his books are still in print.

Janice Seagraves said...

Hi Shelley,

That's one of my favorites too.

Yeah, when a writer has lasted more than a hundred years and his work is still in print, he must have done something right. :)

Happy TT.


Maddy Barone said...

I like the idea of writing a story as a serial. But how would that work with the modern attention span of 30 seconds? Would people even remember last months entry?

Kimberly Menozzi said...

As much as I've enjoyed A Christmas Carol in its many incarnations, I have to confess that I haven't read a Dickens novel all the way through.

I may have to rectify that, eh?

Happy TT!

Paige Tyler said...

Great TT! I've never heard of some of those!


My TT is at

Jennifer Leeland said...

I just bought the Christmas story collections and I've loved them.

Janice Seagraves said...

Hi Maddy,

I know that the Science fiction mag used to do that back in the day.

As for now, you could do a free series on your blog or website.

Hi Kimberly,

I have to confess that I haven't either.

Hi Paige,

There's more. I just listed thirteen of his books.

Hi Jennifer,

That's great. My favorite is the Christmas Carol.

Happy TT.


Anonymous said...

I had to read A LOT of his books in high school and college. Didn't like it then but recently reread David Copperfield with my niece and it's not so bad.

Did you know that it took Dickens only 6 weeks to completely write "A Christmas Carol"?

Happy TT!

Janice Seagraves said...

Hi Kay,

No, I didn't know that. That is really fast writing though.


Savannah Chase said...

Great list of classic books...

Janice Seagraves said...

Hi Savannah,

Yes, they are and this is only a small amount of what he wrote.


Jasmine S said...

Favorite? A Christmas Carol. Recently read "The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby" Book was a good read, but then I'm a fan of his writing-won't appeal to everyone's taste. If in doubt, perhaps take a listen to the recording of The Book Report radio show on their website, where they play a clip from the audio book too-I think they have moved onto a new line up of books for the week-just check the schedule and if so, check the archive for last weeks show(bookreport[dot]com). Well worth the listen.