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SKETCHES BY BOZ (1834-36) collects much of Dickens' early journalism and short fiction; this book brought the author his earliest literary fame.

"Sunday Under Three Heads" (1836), a political pamphlet, expresses Dickens' conviction that ordinary working people deserved the opportunity to indulge in innocent amusements on their one day of rest.

SKETCHES OF YOUNG GENTLEMEN (1838), published anonymously, offers amusing descriptions of various types of young English gentleman -- bashful, political, military, and funny, among others.

Dickens wrote scores of articles, reviews, stories, and sketches.

Mr. Winkle from THE PICKWICK PAPERS
"Mr. Winkle's Situation When the Door 'blew to'," by Hablot K. Browne, from THE PICKWICK PAPERS, No. XIII (May 1837).
SKETCHES OF YOUNG COUPLES (1840), also published anonymously, provides descriptions of married couples, including the formal, contradictory, egotistical, and plausible couples.

AMERICAN NOTES (1842), based on Dickens' travels of the same year, contains his impressions of America, including his criticism of slavery, greed, and tobacco-juice spitting.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL (1843), Dickens' first and best-known Christmas book about the redemption of the miserly Scrooge, features his long-suffering clerk Bob Cratchit and crippled son, Tiny Tim.

THE CHIMES (1844), Dickens' second Christmas book, treats the good-hearted porter Trotty Veck.

THE CRICKET ON THE HEARTH (1845), Dickens' third Christmas book, has marital suspicion as a central theme.

PICTURES FROM ITALY (1846), a travel book, was penned after Dickens' sojourn in Italy during 1844-45.

THE BATTLE OF LIFE (1846), Dickens' fourth Christmas book, treats Marion Jeddler's self-sacrifice, giving up her lover to her sister Grace.

THE HAUNTED MAN (1848), Dickens' fifth and final Christmas book, takes memory as its central theme; the scholar Redlaw is offered forgetfulness by his ghostly double.

A CHILD'S HISTORY OF ENGLAND (1851-53), serialized in HOUSEHOLD WORDS, presents a strangely violent and passionately partisan picture of England's past.

THE UNCOMMERCIAL TRAVELLER (1860-69), published in various versions before and after Dickens' death, is a collection of sketches written in the last years of his life.

THE LIFE OF OUR LORD (1934), a simplified version of the life of Jesus that the author called "The Children's New Testament," was written for his children in 1846, and published only posthumously.

In addition to these works, Dickens wrote scores of articles, reviews, stories, and sketches published in a variety of newspapers and magazines. He also produced a substantial number of collaborative pieces with such writers as Wilkie Collins and W. H. Wills. He penned several plays, including "The Strange Gentleman" (1836), "The Lamplighter" (1836), and "Is She His Wife?" (1837); contributed to a play by Mark Lemon, "Mr. Nightingale's Diary" (1851), and collaborated with Wilkie Collins on "The Frozen Deep" (1859) and "No Thoroughfare" (1867-68). Working with composer John Hullah, he wrote a light opera, "The Village Coquettes" (1836); he composed several poems, dozens of speeches (primarily for various charity organizations), and many remarkable letters (well over 14,000 survive).

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Photo Credits:
Robert D. Fellman Collection (left and bottom right), used by permission of George C. Gordon Library, Worcester Polytechnic Institute; Library of Congress (top and middle right).
Dickens' Contemporaries

Wilkie Collins

Playwright and novelist who was Dickens' close friend and collaborator.
Wilkie Collins

"The Lamplighter's Story" cover
Unable to get backing to produce the farce "The Lamplighter" for the stage, Dickens turned it into the short story "The Lamplighter's Story."

"The Dying Clown" from THE PICKWICK PAPERS
"The Dying Clown," by Robert Seymour, from THE PICKWICK PAPERS, No. II (April 1836).
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