2. Novels


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  • "A Tale of Two Cities" (1859) by Charles Dickens

    by Charles Dickens

    Dickens’s second and best-known (and last) historical novel, the one that starts off with the famous opening lines "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, . . .".
    This is one of his shortest novels and also his most overtly (...)

  • "Barnaby Rudge" (1841) by Charles Dickens

    by Charles Dickens

    Dickens’s first historical novel, set in the period of the ultra-violent anti-catholic Gordon Riots in the London of 1780 that saw angry mobs storm into the Parliament buildings, destroy the central Newgate prison and other buildings and shake the state to its very foundations.
    The historical (...)

  • "The Old Curiosity Shop" (1841) by Charles Dickens

    by Charles Dickens

    Dickens’s fourth novel, another huge best-seller, a «road novel» about the adorable Little Nell and her grandfather on the run all around England from a cruel, grasping creditor, no doubt the most villainous villain in all of his works.
    The young heroine shines like a beacon through the gloomy (...)

  • "Nicholas Nickleby" (1839) by Charles Dickens

    by Charles Dickens

    Where the penniless young Nicholas goes up to the wilds of Yorkshire to begin a teaching career and finds himself with am schoolmaster who’s extravagantly and exploiting and mistreating his pupils there, then flees down south after a dramatic show-down to join a roving band of actors and to get (...)

  • "Our Mutual Friend" (1865), by Charles Dickens

    by Charles Dickens

    This last complete novel of Charles Dickens, his fourteenth, has a very strong theme, one of his best and most timeless: the Thames river that dominates the lives of those who work on and beside and near it and which symbolises the force and power and also violence of the current of life (...)