Pick of an Author - Charles Dickens

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Charles John Huffam Dickens, also known as Boz, is probably the most famous author in the world, well known for his social commentary and has given his name to many phrases in the English languages. Here are his 10 top publications, according to Amazon.co.uk's grade and number of reviews. (note the Amazon.com website has different levels/numbers of reviews) Note I've tried to find the first general editions under review, rather than illustrated editions, or audio editions, as it confuses the rating. In the case of short stories, I've used the first book to feature it.


1. Great Expectation 5/5 (21 reviews)

2. David Copperfield 5/5 (10 reviews)

3. A Christmas and Two Other Christmas Books (The Chimes, The Cricket on the Heath) 5/5 (3 reviews)

4. The Oxford Book of Prose (Featuring The Haunted House) 5/5 (2 reviews)

5. Sketches by Boz 5/5 (2 reviews)

6. Gothic Short Stories (Featuring Madman's Manuscript) 5/5 (2 reviews)

7. Bleak House 5/5 (1 review)

8. A Tale of Two Cities 5/5 (1 review)

9. Nicholas Nickleby 5/5 (1 review)

10. Little Dorrit 5/5 (1 review) 


Here is a list of Dickens biographies and associate biographies. They don't really seem that popular on Amazon (and even on Ebay).


1. The Real Oliver Twist: Robert Blincoe 5/5 (4 reviews)

2. Dickens Christmas: A Victorian Celebration by Sarah Callow 5/5 (4 reviews)

3. The Invisible Woman: The Story of Nelly Ternan and Charles Dickens by Claire Tomalin 5/5 (4 reviews)

4. Charles Dickens and the House of the Fallen Women by Jenny Hartley 5/5 (4 reviews)

5. Charles Dickens on France: Fiction, Journalism and Travel by John Edmondson 5/5 (2 reviews)

6. Charles Dickens (Beginners Guide) by Rob Abbott and Charlie Bell 5/5 (2 reviews)

7. The Oxford Companion to Dickens by Paul Schlicke 5/5 (1 review)

8. Charles Dickens: His Tragedy and Triumph by Edgar Johnson 5/5 (1 review)

9. Dickens: A Biography by Fred Kaplan 5/5 (1 review)


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