The Great Dickens Christmas Fair and Victorian Holiday Party
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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