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Novel top 3: Charles Dickens

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I post one author - you guys post a top 3 list of the novels (or shortstories) by that author that you like the best. 
Here you can discuss your top 3 list more in detail and discuss with others about their top list of Charles Dickens' works.





For this, the second of the Novel Top 3 threads, is the classic author



Charles Dickens

Born Friday, February 7, 1812 as Charles John Huffam Dickens in Landport, Portsmouth (England) to parents John Dickens (1785-1851) and Elizabeth Dickens (1789-1863). He married Catherine Hogarth in 1836 in St. Luke's Church, Chelsea. They were separated 1858. 

He became the father of 10 children: Charles (1837-1896), Mary (1838-1896), Kate Dickens (1839-1929), Walter (1841-1863), Francis (1844-1886), Alfred Dickens (1845-1912), Sydney (1847-1872), Henry (1849-1933), Dora (1850-1851) and Edward (1852-1902). 

Dickens died after suffering a stroke Thursday, June 9, 1870. He rests at Poet's Corner, Westminster Abbey, London.


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Works by Mr Dickens;

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Dickens
 

http://charlesdickenspage.com/works.html

 

 

 

Novels

The Pickwick Papers (1837)

Oliver Twist (1839) 
Nicholas Nickleby (1839) 
The Old Curiosity Shop (1841) 
Barnaby Rudge (1841) 

Martin Chuzzlewit (1844) 

Dombey and Son (1848) 

David Copperfield (1850) 
Bleak House (1853) 

Hard Times (1854) 
Little Dorrit (1857) 

A Tale of Two Cities (1859) 

Great Expectations (1861) 
Our Mutual Friend (1865) 

The Mystery of Edwin Drood (1870) 

 

Novellas

A Christmas Carol (1843) 
The Chimes (1844) 
The Cricket on the Hearth (1845) 
The Battle of Life (1846) 
The Haunted Man and the Ghost's Bargain (1848) 

 

Short stories

The Lamplighter (1838)
The Sewer-Dwelling Reptiles (1841)
A Child's Dream of a Star (1850)
Captain Murderer (1850)
To be Read at Dusk (1852) (a ghost story)
The Long Voyage (1853)
Prince Bull (1855)
Thousand and One Humbugs (1855)
Hunted Down (1859)
The Signal-Man (1866) (a ghost story)
George Silverman's Explanation (1868)
Holiday Romance (1868)
A Ghost in the Bride's Chamber (part of The Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices; a ghost story)

 

Christmas short stories

A Christmas Tree (1850)
What Christmas is, as We Grow Older (1851)
The Poor Relation's Story (1852)
The Child's Story (1852)
The Schoolboy's Story (1853)
Nobody's Story (1853)
The Seven Poor Travellers (1854)
The Holly-tree Inn (1855)
The Wreck of the Golden Mary (1856)
The Perils of Certain English Prisoners (1857)
Going into Society (1858)
A Message from the Sea (1860)
Tom Tiddler's Ground (1861)
Somebody's Luggage (1862)
Mrs Lirriper's Lodgings (1863)
Mrs Lirriper's Legacy (1864)
Doctor Marigold's Prescriptions (1865)
The Trial for Murder (1865; a ghost story)
Mugby Junction (1866)
The Signal-Man (1866; a ghost story)
No Thoroughfare (1867)

 

Plays

The Strange Gentleman (1836)

The Frozen Deep (1857)
 

Collaborative Works
The Seven Poor Travellers (1854)

(with Wilkie Collins, Adelaide Procter, George Sala and Eliza Linton – about the Six Poor Travellers House)
The Holly-tree Inn (1855)

(with Wilkie Collins, William Howitt, Harriet Parr and Adelaide Procter)
The Wreck of the Golden Mary (1856)

(with Wilkie Collins, Adelaide Procter, Harriet Parr, Percy Fitzgerald and Reverend James White)
The Perils of Certain English Prisoners (1857)

(with Wilkie Collins)
The Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices (1857)

(with Wilkie Collins)
A House to Let (1858)

(with Wilkie Collins, Elizabeth Gaskell and Adelaide Procter)
The Haunted House (1859)

(with Wilkie Collins, Elizabeth Gaskell, Adelaide Procter, George Sala and Hesba Stretton; a ghost story)
A Message from the Sea (1860)

(with Wilkie Collins, Robert Buchanan, Charles Allston Collins, Amelia Edwards and Harriet Parr)
Tom Tiddler's Ground (1861)

(with Wilkie Collins, Charles Allston Collins, Amelia Edwards and John Harwood)
The Trial for Murder (1865)

(with Charles Allston Collins; a ghost story)
Mugby Junction (1866)

(with Andrew Halliday, Hesba Stretton, Charles Allston Collins and Amelia Edwards)
No Thoroughfare (1867)

(with Wilkie Collins)

 

 

 

 

 

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Here's my top three as of this moment in time:

 

1. A Christmas Carol (this was great!)

2. The Cricket on the Hearth (this was interesting)

3. Chimes (not too keen on this one but it was allright)

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Of those I've read:

 

1.  Bleak House (one of the greatest books I've ever read - in my top half dozen, maybe even top three)

2.  David Copperfield

3.  Pickwick Papers (partly because it's so different to the rest)

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Though my favourites often change depending on what phase of life I am in when reading Dickens...

 

1) Bleak House
2) Pickwick Papers
3) Our Mutual Friend

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I feel a bit of a fraud listing my top three, because they're the only ones I've read (well, apart from a few other short Christmas stories). That said, I absolutely adore all three books and consider them all among my favourite ever books:

 

1. A Christmas Carol (it's short but oh so perfect)

2. Great Expectations

3. A Tale of Two Cities

 
The last two are pretty interchangeable; I can't quite decide which one I like more! In 2015, I think I'll try to read Bleak House (or The Old Curiosity Shop).

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I feel a bit of a fraud listing my top three, because they're the only ones I've read (well, apart from a few other short Christmas stories).

I can't even make it to three yet! I'm up to two and a half so far but I've read two novellas and I'm half way through a novel, but based on that, it would be…

  • A Christmas Carol
  • Nicholas Nickleby (half finished but love it!)
  • The Chimes

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I will have to join you in having only read three (so far!), apart from some of the shorter Christmas stories.  Therefore, mine are:

 

1. A Christmas Carol

2. Oliver Twist

3. Nicholas Nickleby (nearly done - loving it and I can't see that changing)

 

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Top 3

1) Oliver Twist

2) A Tale Of Two cities

That ending!

3) The Chimes

 

Most looking forward to reading

1) Great Expectations

2) Bleak House

3) Little Dorrit

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Dombey and Son

Nicholas Nickelby

David Copperfield

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