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Category Archives: Charles Dickens

David Copperfield

Author: Charles Dickens First published: 1849-50, by Bradbury and Evans WARNING: Plot spoiler The year before he died, Dickens called this novel “his favorite child.” While it is not exactly mine, I can see why it was his. In David Copperfield, Dickens created some of the most memorable—if not the most memorable—characters in his entire […]

Great Expectations

Author: Charles Dickens First Published: 1860-61, in All the Year Round The two questions about Dickens that people most often ask me are “What is your favorite Dickens novel?” and “If I’ve never read a Dickens novel before, which one should I start with?” My answer to both is usually Great Expectations, though that answer […]

Bleak House

Author: Charles Dickens First published: 1852-53, by Bradbury and Evans WARNING: Plot spoiler Bleak House is Dickens’s great indictment on the Victorian legal system, but also his critique of a world that refuses to endorse love in anything but its most conventional and socially-acceptable forms. As in all of Dickens’s novels, there are many stories […]