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The Works of Charles Dickens - Heron Centennial Edition. Complete 36 volume set

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Nicholas, his mother and his sister Kate are left adrift following the death of his father (you'd be hard-pressed to find a family in 19th-century British novels with both parents alive and functioning). In the preface to the 1867 edition, Dickens wrote, “like many fond parents, I have in my heart of hearts a favourite child.

This was disappointing, as incidents and characters failed to even make an appearance in some of the stories. Now needing to make his own fortune, Martin becomes an apprentice to conniving architect Seth Pecksniff, who steals his students’ work and claims it for his own. The Pickwick Papers also established many of Dickens’ trademark story elements: the comic and ironic situations, the quintessentially English settings, and the ensemble cast of some rather memorably named characters (including the likes of “Augustus Snodgrass” and “Alfred Jingle”).The Story of the Goblins Who Stole a Sexton– This stand-alone story was published as the 29th chapter of The Pickwick Papers.

is a scathing critique of both the unjust, ineffectual nature of debtors’ prisons and the fragility of wealth and social circumstance. Quick to capitalize on his newfound status as the Christmas Bard, Dickens followed up the success of A Christmas Carol with a number of moral novellas set around the holiday season.Nicholas takes an instructor's position in a Yorkshire school which is the epitome of malevolent education.

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