Populated by some of Dickens’s most memorable characters, Bleak House (1852-3) is a devastating satire on the evils of the English legal system and the state of Victorian society.
Charles Dickens is the author of some of the English language's best loved books. His novels continue to captivate generations of readers with their colourful characters and engrossing stories of Victorian London. The Folio Society has published a collection of beautiful hardback Dickens books, with classic illustrations, like Oliver Twist, Great Expectations and A Tale of Two Cities. See below for the full list of illustrated Folio Dickens editions.
At the heart of this collection is one of Charles Dickens's best-loved works: A Christmas Carol. This and his other seasonal novellas have become part of Christmas itself, reminding us of simple family pleasures and the value of goodwill.
When the starving boys of the workhouse draw lots to decide who shall ask for extra gruel, it is Oliver who pulls the short straw. Banished by Mr Bumble, apprenticed to an undertaker, and adopted into Fagin's den of thieves, Oliver somehow survives, his essential innocence and goodness intact.
Dickens's story of the French aristocrat Charles Darnay and dissolute barrister Sydney Carton, drawn together by the love of the same woman, reaches its memorable climax in the bloody cauldron of Paris during the Terror.
With their labyrinthine plots, evocative settings and unforgettable characters, the novels of Charles Dickens have delighted generations of readers. To celebrate the 2012 bicentenary of his birth, The Folio Society presents five new editions of his works, based on the celebrated 1930s Nonesuch editions, with original illustrations by artists including Dickens’s long-term collaborator ‘Phiz’.