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The Wicked Wit of Charles Dickens [Kindle Edition]

Shelley Klein
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Admired by his contemporaries, and a hugely celebrated writer of his day, Charles Dickens is now remembered as one of the greatest English novelists and an influential spokesman for the conscience of Victorian England. His work has inspired, enthralled and entertained millions across the globe, and his social commentary remains as relevant in the modern day as ever. 'The Wicked Wit Of Charles Dickens' explores and reveals aspects of the author's personal and professional life, whilst celebrating his flair for witty and satirical observations about society and human nature. Containing lengthy extracts from scenes of great amusement in his novels, as well as pithy remarks uttered by his unique characters, this is a wonderful collection which can be enjoyed by Dickens' legions of fans, as well as those readers who are new to his writing.

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Part of 'The World According to..' series. An informative biography, which features extracts and quotes from his works. Provides a fascinating insight into this unique individual. An entertaining and informative biography, which features extracts and quotes from his works, and draws comparisons between the life and work of one of the world's best known writers.

About the Author

Shelley Klein is a freelance editor, compiler and writer. Her previous works for Michael O'Mara Books include The Wicked Wit of Charles Dickens, as well as the bestselling The Book of Senior Moments.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 222 KB
  • Print Length: 161 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1843175681
  • Publisher: Michael O' Mara Books (26 May 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0052RTGHO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #378,424 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Charles Dickens was born in 1812 near Portsmouth where his father was a clerk in the navy pay office. The family moved to London in 1823, but their fortunes were severely impaired. Dickens was sent to work in a blacking-warehouse when his father was imprisoned for debt. Both experiences deeply affected the future novelist. In 1833 he began contributing stories to newspapers and magazines, and in 1836 started the serial publication of Pickwick Papers. Thereafter, Dickens published his major novels over the course of the next twenty years, from Nicholas Nickleby to Little Dorrit. He also edited the journals Household Words and All the Year Round. Dickens died in June 1870.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Having a way with words... 16 Jan. 2012
I'm not sure this is a book you'd want to read from cover to cover. Personally I enjoy opening to a random page every so often and reading what I find there. All in all it's a beautifully bound and wonderful collection of all the best bits along with numerous examples of Dickens' satirical wit and brilliant characters.
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4.0 out of 5 stars If only this were longer... 15 Jun. 2012
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This delightful book has only one fault - it's too short. But then, when you start with Charles Dickens, where do you stop? You could go on for ever. One of my very favourite sentences isn't included, and I can't resist giving it here: "A maid of honour of the court of Charles the Second, with large round eyes (and other charms to correspond),....." (from Bleak House). Never fails to make me smile! Anyway, I enjoyed this book - it reminded me of some things I had forgotten and even brought a new one to my attention. It would make a nice present for a Dickens fan.
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star 29 Oct. 2014
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not so wicked, but an incredible array of characters. 14 Jan. 2012
By Harry - Published on
A good reintroduction to Dickens in this year, the bi-centenary of his birth - although the title is a misnomer - there is much more to Dickens and this book than 'wicked wit'. Provides a brief background on his fascinating and controversial life as well as many extracts from his books and correspondence. A quick read that whets the appetite to revisit this great author and social reformer. Dickens was the master of producing great character driven tales - and so many of those characters are now embedded in our culture - Scrooge, Fagan, Twist - this little book brings to the fore many of those strange and wonderful character's memorable moments. A refreshing insight into many of Dickens' lesser known characters as well.
5.0 out of 5 stars Dickens is a master of witty dialogue and observation. 24 Nov. 2014
By K. Spangler - Published on
If you enjoy Dickens' humor, you will love this book. It's full of quotes from his works that will keep you chuckling the whole way through it. He makes the funniest observations about the foibles of mankind.
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