Selected Short Fiction   -     By: Charles Dickens, Deborah A. Thomas
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Selected Short Fiction

Penguin Classics / 1976 / Paperback

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In his shorter fiction, Dickens felt free to investigate themes and experiment with narrative techniques in ways denied him by the constraints of novel-writing. In this selection, a literary master is brilliantly indulging the very essense of his art. His exuberant sense of comedy is allowed free rein and his exploration of the secret workings of the human pshche often surpasses anything in his longer work. Divided into three sections - Tales of the Supernatural, Impressionistic Sketches and Dramatic Monologues - this volume reveals Dickens' recurring concerns and places them clearly in the context of related elements in his novels.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 432
Vendor: Penguin Classics
Publication Date: 1976
Dimensions: 7.11 X 4.36 X 1.03 (inches)
ISBN: 0140431039
ISBN-13: 9780140431032
UPC: 051488008958
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Author Bio

Charles Dickens was born on February 7, 1812, in Landport, Portsea, England. He died in Kent on June 9, 1870. The second of eight children of a family continually plagued by debt, the young Dickens came to know not only hunger and privation,but also the horror of the infamous debtors’ prison and the evils of child labor. A turn of fortune in the shape of a legacy brought release from the nightmare of prison and “slave” factories and afforded Dickens the opportunity of two years’ formal schooling at Wellington House Academy. He worked as an attorney’s clerk and newspaper reporter until his Sketches by Boz (1836) and The Pickwick Papers (1837) brought him the amazing and instant success that was to be his for the remainder of his life. In later years, the pressure of serial writing, editorial duties, lectures, and social commitments led to his separation from Catherine Hogarth after twenty-three years of marriage. It also hastened his death at the age of fifty-eight, when he was characteristically engaged in a multitude of work.

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