Selected Short Fiction

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Penguin, Jul 30, 1976 - Fiction - 432 pages
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User Review  - EricCostello - LibraryThing

Variable mix of some of Dickens' shorter-form pieces. The excerpts from the Boz sketches are hilarious, the Uncommercial Traveler bits interesting. The ghost stories a bit variable, and the dramatic stories forgettable. Read full review

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User Review  - atheist_goat - LibraryThing

Reading this on a Sunday afternoon, I fell asleep no fewer than three times. The short piece was not his forte. Read full review

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The Story of the Goblins who stole a Sexton
A Confession Found in a Prison in the Time of Charles the Second
Branch Line The Signalman
The Election for Beadle
Meditations in MonmouthStreet
A Christmas Tree
A Flight
Lying Awake
Travelling Abroad
Shy Neighbourhoods

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About the author (1976)

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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