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Penguin, Jan 1, 1976 - Fiction - 432 pages
Dickens' sense of comedy and concern with the human psyche are evident in tales of the supernatural, impressionistic sketches, and dramatic monologues.
 

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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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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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Contents

CHARLES DICKENS
7
INTRODUCTION
11
SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY
31
The Story of the Goblins who stole a Sexton
39
The Baron of Grogzwig
49
A Confession Found in a Prison in the Time of Charles the Second
59
To Be Read at Dusk
66
MUGBY JUNCTION
78
Shy Neighbourhoods
198
Dullborough Town
208
Nurses Stories
218
Arcadian London
229
The Calais NightMail
238
DRAMATIC MONOLOGUES
247
SOMEBODYS LUGGAGE His Leaving it till called for
249
His BrownPaper Parcel
262

IMPRESSIONISTIC SKETCHES
91
The Election for Beadle
93
Meditations in MonmouthStreet
106
A Visit to Newgate
112
A Christmas Tree
126
A Flight
142
Our School
152
Lying Awake
159
THE UNCOMMERCIAL TRAVELLER His General Line of Business
167
Refreshments for Travellers
168
Travelling Abroad
176
City of London Churches
188
His Wonderful End
273
How Mrs Lirriper carried on the Business
281
How the Parlours added a few words
309
MRS LIRRIPERS LEGACY Mrs Lirriper Relates how She Went On and Went Over
314
Mrs Lirriper Relates how Jemmy Topped Up
338
DOCTOR MARIGOLDS PRESCRIPTIONS To Be Taken Immediately
343
To Be Taken for Life
363
MUGBY JUNCTION Main Line The Boy at Mugby
370
George Silvermans Explanation
379
APPENDIX
407
NOTES
411
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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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