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Charles Dickens: Getting Started

This guide was built as a resource for FYS 536, but can be used for any research about Charles Dickens.

Books on Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens and his publishers / by Robert L. Patten
The grotesque in the fiction of Charles Dickens and other 19th-century European novelists [electronic resource] / edited by Isabelle Hervouet-Farrar and Max Vega-Ritter
Charles Dickens [electronic resource]: A Christmas Carol; Oliver Twist; Great Expectations
Charles Dickens and the Victorian child : romanticizing and socializing the imperfect child / Amberyl Malkovich
The reception of Charles Dickens in Europe / [edited by] Michael Hollington
Charles Dickens in context / edited by Sally Ledger and Holly Furneaux
Charles Dickens : a life / Claire Tomalin
The Cambridge introduction to Charles Dickens / Jon Mee
Charles Dickens : the making of a literary giant / by Christopher Hibbert
Charles Dickens / Michael Slater
A companion to Charles Dickens / edited by David Paroissien
Charles Dickens' Great expectations : the relationship between text and film / Brian McFarlane ; edited by
Critical companion to Charles Dickens : a literary reference to his life and work / Paul Davis
Palgrave advances in Charles Dickens studies / edited by John Bowen and Robert L. Patten
Charles Dickens / Elizabeth James
Charles Dickens / Andrew Sanders

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