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Five books from Oxford University Press bring wonderful new angles on Dickens. His Selected Letters display the pyrotechnic energy of his mind and life; Ruth Richardson reveals the origins of Oliver Twist’s workhouse, and more besides; his delicious Sketches of Young Gentlemen and Young Couples have been overlooked for decades; Paul Schlicke’s Oxford Companion is an essential resource; and Jonathan Grossman finds intriguing connections between Dickens's plots and London's new railways.
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Dickens and the Workhouse
The recent discovery that as a young man Charles Dickens lived only a few doors from a major London workhouse made headlines worldwide. Internationally, the media immediately grasped the idea that Oliver Twist’s workhouse had been found, and made public the news that both the
workhouse and Dickens’s old home were still standing, near London’s Telecom Tower. This book – told by the historian who did the sleuthing behind these exciting new findings – presents the story for the first time.
978-0-19-964588-6 | February 2012 | 240 pages | Hardback | £16.99
The Selected Letters of Charles Dickens
Edited by Jenny Hartley
The nearest we can get to a Dickens autobiography, these 450 letters give us unique insights into his life, and are essential reading for Dickens fans everywhere. Whether you dip in or read straight through, these letters – accessible to the general reader for the first time – creates afresh the
brilliance of being Dickens, and the sheer pleasure of being in his company.
978-0-19-959141-1 | February 2011 | 584 pages | Hardback | £20.00
The Oxford Companion to Charles Dickens
Edited by Paul Schlicke
‘Will prove invaluable to scholars, readers and admirers of Dickens into the next century and beyond’ Peter Ackroyd, The Times
The most engaging, and wide-ranging, reference work on Dickens available – covering his life, his works, his reputation, and his cultural context in over 500 a–z articles. This illustrated guide throws new and often unexpected light on the most familiar of Dickens’s works, and explores
the experiences, events, and literature on which he drew.
978-0-19-964018-8 | November 2011 | 704 pages | Hardback | £25.00
Charles Dickens’s Networks: Public Transport and the Novel
Jonathan H. Grossman
The same week in February 1836 that Charles Dickens was hired to write his first novel, The Pickwick Papers, the first railway line in London opened. Charles Dickens’s Networks explores the rise of the global, high-speed passenger transport network in the nineteenth century and the indelible impact it made on Dickens’s work.
978-0-19-964419-3 | March 2012 | 288 pages | Hardback | £25.00
Sketches of Young Gentlemen and Young Couples
Edited by Paul Schlicke
‘So little known they qualify as “new Dickens”’… Hugely enjoyable writing from his most exuberant period.’ John Sutherland
Whimsical, satirical, witty, and exuberant, the Sketches ridicule the behaviour of their subjects with perfect comic effect. Familiar types such as ‘The Bashful Young Gentleman’, ‘The Literary Young Lady’, and ‘The Couple who Coddle themselves’ are instantly recognizable and the Sketches offer intriguing glimpses of courtship rituals and relations between the sexes at the outset of the Victorian era.
978-0-19-960328-2 | December 2011 | 256 pages | Hardback | £9.99
Plus: all the novels – published in Oxford World’s Classics