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The Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens

G. K. Chesterton

1. 00 – Introduction Part 1
2. 01 – Introduction Part 2
3. 02 – Introduction Part 3
4. 03 – Introduction Part 4
5. 04 – Sketches by Boz Part 1
6. 05 – Sketches by Boz Part 2
7. 06 – Pickwick Papers Part 1
8. 07 – Pickwick Papers – Part 2
9. 08 – Nicholas Nickleby – Part 1
10. 09 – Nicholas Nickleby – Part 2
11. 10 – Oliver Twist
12. 11 – The Old Curiosity Shop – Part 1
13. 12 – The Old Curiosity Shop – Part 2
14. 13 – Barnaby Rudge
15. 14 – American Notes
16. 15 – Pictures from Italy
17. 16 – Martin Chuzzlewit
18. 17 – Christmas Books
19. 18 – Dombey and Son – Part 1
20. 19 – Dombey and Son – Part 2
21. 20 – David Copperfield
22. 21 – Christmas Stories
23. 22 – Bleak House
24. 23 – Child’s History of England
25. 24 – Hard Times
26. 25 – Little Dorrit
27. 26 – A Tale of Two Cities
28. 27 – Great Expectations
29. 28 – Our Mutual Friend
30. 29 – Edwin Drood
31. 30 – Master Humphrey’s Clock
32. 31 – Reprinted Pieces

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“These papers were originally published as prefaces to the separate books of Dickens in one of the most extensive of those cheap libraries of the classics which are one of the real improvements of recent times. Thus they were harmless, being diluted by, or rather drowned in Dickens. My scrap of theory was a mere dry biscuit to be taken with the grand tawny port of great English comedy; and by most people it was not taken at all–like the biscuit.Nevertheless the essays were not in intention so aimless as they appear in fact. I had a general notion of what needed saying about Dickens to the new generation, though probably I did not say it. I will make another attempt to do so in this prologue, and, possibly fail again.”