Charles Dickens Books
Since they were published Charles Dickens books have never been out of print.
A little history about Charles Dickens and his novels
As I began to research the Charles Dickens books for this article, I was amazed at some things I read about the man and his out of the box thinking for his time. Why the sudden interest in Charles Dickens and his books, you ask? Well, the 200th anniversary of his birth was on February 7th, 2012.
It is not many authors who remain so well read almost a couple hundred years after they have passed on to the Great Library in the sky. Dickens, however, is one of those few. I did not realize that once his books were published they have never been out of print. As a lover of reading and books in general, I find that pretty amazing.
So, let's find out a little more about Charles Dickens the man and his books.
|The Pickwick Papers (Oxford World's Classics)|
In 1836 the 23-year-old Dickens was invited by his publishers to write `a monthly something' illustrated by sporting plates. Thus the Pickwick Club was born: its supposed ...
Charles Dickens Early Life
As I mentioned above, Dickens was born on Feb 7, 1812 and only lived to be 58 years old. One of the reasons that he could write about poverty and the injustices of the time was because it was a part of his young life. His entire family was sent to debtor's prison when he was 12. Young Charles spent time out of the prison working in a factory that made blackening for shoes. His job was to stick labels on the boxes of blacking. It was this time in those bad conditions that he based his later work, David Copperfield.
Charles Dickens Books Did Not Start Out As Books
The iconic Victorian author, Charles Dickens, did not go about publishing his work in the traditional manner of his day or even for this era of time. It was not uncommon for an author to take his published book and put installments of the books in local newspapers or periodicals to garner some interest. Dickens sort of went at it backwards but I think it was shear genius on his part. None of his books started out as a book. Nope, he wrote monthly installments of each story that was then later published as a book after the installments were complete. He became a master at serials and the "cliffhanger". He had to know where to stop the story so that people looked forward to next month's installment. Pretty ingenious, I think!
|Great Expectations (Puffin Classics)|
As a small boy at Joe Gargery's forge, Pip meets two people who will affect his whole life - an escaped convict he is forced to help, and the eccentric Miss Havisham, whose ...
|Dombey and Son|
Charles Dickens (1812-1870) was an English short story writer, dramatist, essayist, and the most popular novelist to come out of the Victorian era. Many of his novels, with ...
His Talent In Writing Has Lasted For Over A Century
Back in the mid and late 1800s when Charles Dickens was writing his stories that later became books or novels, he had to do it basically with pen and ink. And it was the messy kind of ink, the kind where he had to dip the nib in the well every so often to get it to write. He wasn't sitting at his trusty old Smith Corona tapping those installments out because the typewriter wasn't invented until two years before his passing.
As far as promoting his work, it had to pretty much be by word of mouth. There was no late night talk show tour with Leno, Letterman, and Kimmel. He couldn't go on the radio to talk about his latest story and he couldn't tweet that it was now available in paperback form. He also didn't have any friends on Facebook to share it with. His popularity spread because of his talent as a writer by people reading it in the periodical and telling their friends. And 180 years later, we still read the incredible Charles Dickens books.
Charles Dickens Books And Memorabilia Are Collected By Many
Many people collect the books by Charles Dickens and other memorabilia pertaining to his work. Back in the 1900s when postcards were very popular there were several series put out that included Charles Dickens. Some had him featured as the literary giant that he had already become, others depicted characters from his novels, and others might show the house where he grew up or wrote his wonderful stories for generations to enjoy. They are not always easy to find but then that makes them even more treasured when a Dickens fan finds one.