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Charles Dickens 200th Anniversary Collection Vol. 1

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

1. 01 - Prince Bull: A Fairy Tale from 'Reprinted Pieces'
2. 02 - The Poor Relation's Story from 'Some Christmas Stories'
3. 03 - Speech: 1842, Boston
4. 04 - Barbox Brothers from 'Mugby Junction'
5. 05 - Barbox Brothers & Co. from 'Mugby Junction'
6. 06 - Main Line: The Boy at Mugby from 'Mugby Junction'
7. 07 - Frauds on the Fairies from Household Words Vol. VIII No. 184
8. 08 - Introductory Romance From the Pen of William Tinkling, Esq. (Aged Eight) from 'Holiday Romance'
9. 09 - Old Lamps for New Ones
10. 10 - A Tale of the Good Old Times
11. 11 - Some Particulars Concerning a Lion from 'Mudfog and Other Sketches'
12. 12 - To Be Read at Dusk
13. 13 - The Ghost of the Late Mr. James Barber
14. 14 - The Amusements of the People I
15. 15 - A Walk In A Workhouse from 'Reprinted Pieces'
16. 16 - The Hymn of the Wiltshire Labourers
17. 17 - Speech: London, June 5 1867 to the Railway Benevolent Society
18. 18 - The Holly Tree First Branch - Myself
19. 19 - The Holly Tree Second Branch - The Boots
20. 20 - The Holly Tree Third Branch - The Bill

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The Charles Dickens 200th Anniversary Collection comprises short works - fiction, essays, poetry, letters, magazine articles and speeches - and each volume will be a pot pourri of all genres and periods of his writing. This first volume is released on Dickens' 200th birthday, February 7th 2012. Further volumes will follow during the anniversary year.Volume 1 includes short stories including, amongst others, The Holly Tree, the first part of Holiday Romance and three pieces from Mugby Junction.Some items requiring a little further explanation are Prince Bull, written as a fairy tale, but in reality a scathing attack on the Government's handling of supplies to the troops in the Crimean War; Old Lamps for New Ones in which Dickens makes clear his low opinion of the ethos of the Pre-Raphaelite school of painting; and Frauds on the Fairies, a polemic against George Cruikshank's bowdlerisation of fairy tales for moralistic purposes, with the interesting revelation that 'product placement' is by no means a new phenomenon. (Introduction by Ruth Golding)