The Great Dickens Christmas Fair and Victorian Holiday Party
Nov 20-Dec 19, 2021 Cow Palace Exhibition Halls, San Francisco
The Great Dickens Christmas Fair and Victorian Holiday Party


These are books by Charles Dickens, most of which first appeared in serial form in the year listed.

1836 - Sketches by Boz

  • A variety of short descriptions of London scenes and characters
  • Most useful for background and to supplement your character rather than choosing a character from these sketches

1836 - The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club

  • Loaded with wonderful and comic characters
  • The early Victorian Cockney's ideal of the successful common man who now has leisure time
  • Good Cockney dialect ' Sam Weller (Pickwick is a Cockney too but speaks better than Sam)

1838 - Oliver Twist

  • Learning to be a criminal
  • Daily life and customs of low class criminals: Fagin, Sykes, Nancy, etc.

1838 - Nicholas Nickleby

  • Theatrical characters
  • Daily middle class life
  • Lots of young characters ' boarding school life

1840- Sketches of Young Couples

1841 - Barnaby Rudge

  • Rioters and apprentices

1841 - Old Curiosity Shop

  • Daily lower middle class life
  • Jarleys Waxworks

1843 - Martin Chuzzlewit

  • Lots of Americans ' wrong country: do not use them

1843 - A Christmas Carol (in The Christmas Books)

  • A short book
  • Fezziwig's domestic ball
  • Good Cockney dialect ' the laundress and other who steal Scrooge's deathbed curtains

1844 - The Chimes (in The Christmas Books)

  • A short New Year's story
  • Poor but honest Cockneys and rich, evil bureaucrats

1845 - The Cricket on the Hearth (in The Christmas Books)

  • A short Christmas story
  • Wonderful lower middle class daily life
  • Poor but honest Cockneys

1846 - Dombey and Son

  • Upper middle class and merchant life ' shipping and business

1846 - The Battle of Life (in The Christmas Books)

  • A short Christmas story

1848 - The Haunted Man (in The Christmas Books)

  • A short Christmas story

1849 - David Copperfield

  • Home life of the Murdstones, upper middle class town people
  • The boy, David, discovers London
  • Home life of the Micawbers, lower middle class city people
  • David's courtship and marriage ' a social diagnosis

1852 - Bleak House

  • Law and justice in the London courts ' Jo as a representative figure
  • Mr. Tulkinghorn as a representative middle class Englishman
  • The Dedlocks ' an upper class old country family and their lifestyle

1859 - A Tale of Two Cities

  • Revolutionary Frenchmen ' wrong period: do not use them

1859 - Great Expectations

  • The life of a London gentleman, such as Pip hoped to become
  • The methods and problems of a criminal lawyer like Jaggers
  • The Thames and its traffic

1870 - The Mystery of Edwin Drood (unfinished)

  • Because the book is incomplete, it may not be the best source

Other Books & Stories by Charles Dickens

  • Little Dorrit  - The terrible, unfeeling, bureaucratic Circumlocution office
  • The Haunted House
  • Our Mutual Friend
  • Household Words
  • Hard Times
  • What Christmas Is
  • Mrs. Lirriper's Lodgings
  • A Message from the Sea