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I haven't read David Copperfield. I want to read it so badly. I need to make the time. I wish we were reading Dickens here at Barnes and Noble.



We could easily read it here in British Classics if somebody would take the initiative to be a moderator and organize the discussion. (Somebody like you, hint hint? :smileyhappy:)

My experience here is that discussions without active moderators tend to die out quite quickly. But those with active volunteer moderators, like Laurel in Epics and Melissa in Literature for Women, can be active and excellent.
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grapes wrote:
Well, I might as well ask. How many novels did Charles Dickens write?



According to the Oxford Reader's Companion to Dickens, he wrote 15 novels. He also wrote roughly an equal number of "stories and sketches" including some I've never heard of (such as The Mudfog Papers -- that would be a great question for Jeopardy, since I bet there are only a handful of people who would recognize that as a work of Dickens) and a variety of journalism, non-fiction, poetry, plays (I hadn't realized before I looked into the answer to your question that he had ever written any plays -- shows how ignorant I am of Dickens beyond his basic novelistic output), and "other writings."
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Wow, I would have expected the number of novels to be higher than 15!  Maybe reading them all would be an achievable goal, after all.  I've read about six so far.
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dulcinea3 wrote:
Wow, I would have expected the number of novels to be higher than 15! Maybe reading them all would be an achievable goal, after all. I've read about six so far.





Here's a list of Dickens's fifteen novels in order of publication.
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My mother-in-law often tells the story of how when she was about 11 or 12 her mother paid her $1.00 each to read all the Dickens novels. She did, but hated it and has never read him since. Which is too bad, but perhaps understandable.

I haven't read them all yet myself, but most. Have never gotten around to Dombey and Son, Barnaby Rudge, or The Mystery of Edwin Drood. I should! Maybe we'll inspire each other to finish the entire canon.

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Wow, I would have expected the number of novels to be higher than 15! Maybe reading them all would be an achievable goal, after all. I've read about six so far.



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that's great.  Thanks Laurel!

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dulcinea3 wrote:
Wow, I would have expected the number of novels to be higher than 15! Maybe reading them all would be an achievable goal, after all. I've read about six so far.





Here's a list of Dickens's fifteen novels in order of publication.


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Everyman, you have a great sense of humor. All joking aside, you would make the perfect moderator. You could help all of us.
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Great information, thank you.
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I enjoyed David Copperfield, but didn't much care for Great Expectations even thought it's considered a great classic.
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I have a nice, very old, vintage copy of Oliver Twist and can't wait to read it, will be my third Dickens read.
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:smileyvery-happy:


PEGSmom wrote:

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Presently, i'm about to begin Bleak House---







If I remember correctly there was some discussions about Bleak House earlier this summer. It sounds great too. Let me know what you think, ABI.


I just love Barnes and Noble!!! I went by the store this morning to treat myself to a birthday present and picked up several books *but* what I am most excited about is a huge Dickens book I found. It has 5 of his novels (Great Expectations, Oliver Twist, David Copperfield, Tales of Two Cities and A Christmas Carol) all for the low price of $12.95! (Only one problem I can see with the book, if you doze off while reading and the book slaps you in the face/head....OUCH!)


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Are there illustrations in the copy? Swell!!
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grapes wrote:
Are there illustrations in the copy? Swell!!



I am afraid there are no illustrations in the huge book! THe print is kinda small, but that may not bother you though! But still a great price for 5 books!!!
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Dombey and Sons is now a new selection at Mousehold words.
 
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Everyman wrote:
My mother-in-law often tells the story of how when she was about 11 or 12 her mother paid her $1.00 each to read all the Dickens novels. She did, but hated it and has never read him since. Which is too bad, but perhaps understandable.

I haven't read them all yet myself, but most. Have never gotten around to Dombey and Son, Barnaby Rudge, or The Mystery of Edwin Drood. I should! Maybe we'll inspire each other to finish the entire canon.

dulcinea3 wrote:
Wow, I would have expected the number of novels to be higher than 15! Maybe reading them all would be an achievable goal, after all. I've read about six so far.






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