Selected Short Fiction by Charles DickensSelected Short Fiction by Charles Dickens

Selected Short Fiction

byCharles DickensIntroduction byDeborah A. Thomas

Paperback | July 30, 1976

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Stories of comedy and character from one of Britain's greatest novelists

This witty and amusing collection of short pieces shows Dickens liberated from the more formal and sustained demands of the novel and experimenting with a diverse range of fictional techniques. In his tales of the supernatural, he creates frighteningly believable, spine-tingling stories of prophetic dreams and visions, as well as more fantastical adventures with goblins and apparitions. Impressionistic sketches combine imaginatively heightened travel journals with wry observations of home and abroad, while in his dramatic monologues, Dickens demonstrates his talent for exploring the secret workings of the human mind. These short works display Dickens's exuberant sense of comedy and character as his imagination is given free rein.

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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 fort...
Title:Selected Short FictionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 7.77 × 5.14 × 1.03 inPublished:July 30, 1976Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0140431039

ISBN - 13:9780140431032

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18


From Our Editors

Charles Dickens' short fiction took the liberty to play around a bit with form, structure and narrative techniques that would otherwise constrain him in novel writing. In Selcted Short Fiction, readers are treated to a masterful author indulging in the skills and attributes that made him so noteworthy. Here a balance is struck, with his sense of comedy as prevalent and important as his tendency to meander through the human psyche. This collection is divided into three sections: Tales of the Supernatural, Impressionistic Sketches and Dramatic Monologues. Between them, readers can find the recurring themes, issues and concerns of Dickens' writing in their most overt form.