Charles Dickens is widely recognized for his literary genius. Hailed as one of the greatest novelists to ever live, Dickens wrote the best-selling novel of all time and a novella that remains one of the most influential works of literature ever written. His works gave a voice to the poor and the marginalized, challenging readers to see the world with compassion, pity, and outrage. Dickens created characters to cry out for social reform and challenge cultural norms. The serial installments of his novels stirred his readers like no other literature ever had—for the final installment of The Old Curiosity Shop, crowds of people gathered around the docks as the first shipment arrived in New York, begging to know the ending. Upon reading it, the Irish politician Daniel O’Connell is said to have burst into tears and thrown the novel out of the train he was on.
The Select Works of Charles Dickens contains seven volumes of his most memorable works, including Great Expectations and The Uncommercial Traveller, A Tale of Two Cities, The Adventures of Oliver Twist, Bleak House, The Old Curiosity Shop, The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, and Sketches by Boz. These classic works have something to offer readers of all ages.
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. . . I believe him the greatest of all novelists who have ever written in English.
Charles John Huffam Dickens (1812–1870) is the greatest novelist of the Victorian period. Dickens exploded onto the literary scene with The Pickwick Papers, and quickly became the most popular novelist of his time. He has created some of the most memorable characters in literature, and his moving stories remain immensely popular today. Dickens wrote 15 novels, five novellas, and hundreds of short stories and nonfiction articles. His works offered humorous characters and profound social commentaries, and Dickens actively advocated for children’s rights and social reform. Bleak House was particularly effective in stirring social change, eventually leading to a reform of the judicial system it criticized. Dickens’ novel A Tale of Two Cities is the best-selling novel of all time, and his novella A Christmas Carol is regarded as one of the most influential works of literature. His works have never gone out of print and have been reproduced in over 200 adaptations.