Tag Archives: Charles Dickens

A Child’s History of England

The paths of the Cambridge Library Collection and Charles Dickens have crossed several times – remarkable, given that Dickens is (of course) one of Britain’s greatest novelists, and we don’t publish much fiction. But of the short experimental (for us) … Continue reading

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Christmas Books

The most famous ‘Christmas book’ ever written must be Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol. Written amazingly quickly from October 1843 and published on 19 December, with four colour illustrations by John Leech, it was enormously successful in terms of numbers … Continue reading

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Marley Was Dead: To Begin With.

An arresting start to a novel: note especially the strange punctuation, copied exactly from the first edition of 1843.

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Professor Pepper and His Ghost

I used to love Little Grey Rabbit – calm, loving, domestic, tolerant of the foibles of her ‘family’ of bumptious Hare and vain, petty Squirrel. The book I remember best was Little Grey Rabbit’s Party, in which (the clue is … Continue reading

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Christmas Around The World

(Archers fellow-sufferers: this is not an hommage to Lynda Snell’s Ambridge Christmas cabaret. Baffled other readers, begin here.) A large number of our books are either edited diaries or journals, or derived from journal material. I thought it would be … Continue reading

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