The Old Curiosity Shop (1840-41) with its combination of the sentimental the grotesque and the socially concerned and its story of pursuit and courage which sets the downtrodden and the plucky against the malevolent and the villainous was an immediate popular success.
Dickens’s final novel left unfinished at his death is a tale of mystery whose fast-paced action takes place in an ancient cathedral city and in some of the darkest places in nineteenth century London.
The Penguin English Library Edition of Great Expectations by Charles Dickens"What do you think that is?' she asked me again pointing with her stick; 'that where those cobwebs are?""I can't guess what it is ma'am.
The Penguin English Library Edition of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens"Every idiot who goes around with 'Merry Christmas' on his lips should be boiled with his own pudding"Charles Dickens's tale of Ebenezer Scrooge who is haunted by three spirits and learns the true meaning of Christmas has had along with Dickens's other Christmas writings a lasting and significant influence upon our ideas about the season as a time for celebration charity and memory.
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