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The Curious World Of Dickens

Author : Clive Hurst
ISBN : 1851243844
Genre : History
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Published to mark the 200th anniversary of Dickens's birth, this book celebrates the greatest of English novelists by illustrating some of his abiding preoccupations. Prompted by quotations from the novels and other writings, each themed chapter explores contemporary images relating to salient topics of the Victorian age such as the public entertainments of London and the domestic pastimes of its inhabitants; the coming of the railways (which were to transform Victorian England in fiction and in fact); school life for children, and conditions in the workhouses and prisons which loom so large in many of the novels and which blighted Dickens's own childhood. Dickens was an incorrigible showman, and this book also explores his role as actor-manager of theatrical productions, as originator of the myriad stage adaptations of his books, and as supreme interpreter of them himself in the public readings which came to dominate his later years. Reproducing key extracts from the novels alongside a selection of the original covers as they appeared weekly and monthly in the bookshops, their crucial illustrations and all the paraphernalia of nineteenth-century advertising, is a unique approach which breathes life into the vibrant world of Dickens and his characters.
Category: History

The Curious World Of Christmas

Author : Niall Edworthy
ISBN : 9781440636745
Genre : Religion
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A fascinating miscellany that celebrates all things Christmas from the author of The Curious Gardener?s Almanac. Drawing from more than two thousand years of history and culture, this collection of anecdotes, customs, tips, and recipes features more than 1,000 entries honoring one of the world?s most celebrated holidays. This unpredictable, addictive gem weaves in famous quotations, traditional sayings, verses, and wisdom to create a book that will be enjoyed long after the Christmas tree is down and the turkey leftovers finished off. Each page yields tidbits on everything from the real reason why December 25th was chosen as the celebratory day and a 19th-century turkey recipe to the origins of kissing under mistletoe and statistics showing why Christmas is proven to be more stressful than divorce or burglary. Chapter topics include: ? Farting Dwarves and Peacock Pie (or, How Our Ancestors Celebrated Christmas) ? Will the Real Father Christmas Please Stand Up (or, The Origins of Santa Claus) ? Happy Reunions, Terrible Tantrums (or, Christmas and the Family) ? Reindeer Sausages and Minced Coffins (or, Christmas Food and Drink) ? And much more With enough curiosities to intrigue, amuse, and enlighten even the grumpiest Scrooge, this is the perfect gift book for anyone who counts down the months until their favorite holiday.
Category: Religion

The Curious World Of Wine

Author : Richard Vine
ISBN : 9781101612378
Genre : Cooking
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The Curious World of Wine is a fascinating miscellany about the colorful characters, celebrated places, and quirky events surrounding wine-making. Recounting wine tales that are by turns amusing, surprising, and occasionally a bit naughty, wine expert Richard Vine reveals little-known facts such as: • The oldest vineyard still producing grapes is thought to be in Maribor, Slovenia, where vines up to four hundred years old remain fruitful. • “Plonk,” a term used to insult any modestly priced wine, got its name from the French words for white wine—vin blanc, pronounced “vawn blawnk,” which was corrupted to “plawnk” or “plonk.” • Thomas Jefferson was so eager to plant native French vines at his Monticello mansion that he nearly went bankrupt fruitlessly hiring experts to defeat a condition that caused European vines to mysteriously die in North American soil. • Touching wineglasses as a toast was originally a deft move to exchange a splash of wine into each other’s cup to ensure that neither party was being poisoned. The Curious World of Wine will keep any wine fan entertained and enlightened—from the most erudite connoisseur to Two Buck Chuck devotees.
Category: Cooking

The Curious World Of Calpurnia Tate

Author : Jacqueline Kelly
ISBN : 9781627795111
Genre : Juvenile Fiction
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Whether wrangling a rogue armadillo or stray dog, a guileless younger brother or standoffish cousin, Callie Vee and her escapades will have readers laughing and crying in this return to Fentress, Texas. Travis keeps bringing home strays. And Callie has her hands full keeping the animals—her brother included—away from her mother's critical eye. Will she succeed? This title has Common Core connections.
Category: Juvenile Fiction

The Curious World Of Samuel Pepys And John Evelyn

Author : Margaret Willes
ISBN : 9780300221398
Genre : Cabinet officers
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Introduction: curiouser and curiouser -- 'The world do not grow old at all' -- Two worlds -- The decade of the diaries -- Prodigious revolutions -- 'Even private families are ... the best of governments' -- Private lives -- 'I do indulge myself a little the more in pleasure' -- Take nobody's word for it -- Pleasure above all things -- Hortulan affairs -- Exotic extravagances -- The affection which we have to books -- Epilogue: and so to bed -- Appendix: the true domestick intelligence
Category: Cabinet officers

The Old Curiosity Shop

Author : Charles Dickens
ISBN : OXFORD:503688884
Genre : Antique dealers
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In this tale, first published serially in 1841 and 1842, Dickens follows Nell Trent, an angelic and unfailingly virtuous girl of "nearly fourteen" and her grandfather as they navigate a world populated by villains, criminals and ne'er-do-wells. The public response at the time equalled modern reactions to the Harry Potter books, the audience rapt to learn of Nell's fate. Does she live a life of comfort, of which her grandfather dreams? Or does fate have something less noble in store for poor Nell? This is a free digital copy of a book that has been carefully scanned by Google as part of a project to make the world's books discoverable online. To make this print edition available as an ebook, we have extracted the text using Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology and submitted it to a review process to ensure its accuracy and legibility across different screen sizes and devices. Google is proud to partner with libraries to make this book available to readers everywhere.
Category: Antique dealers

The Artist As Critic

Author : Oscar Wilde
ISBN : 0226897648
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Presents a collection of Oscar Wilde's book reviews.
Category: Literary Criticism

Dickens And The Imagined Child

Author : Professor Catherine Waters
ISBN : 9781472423818
Genre : Literary Criticism
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In Dickens and the Imagined Child, leading scholars explore the function of the child and childhood within Dickens’s imagination and reflect on the cultural resonance of his engagement with this topic. Part I begins by proposing a typology of the Dickensian child that is followed by discussions of specific child characters, while Part II focuses on the relationship between childhood and memory and Part III addresses childhood reading and writing.
Category: Literary Criticism


Author : Fred Kaplan
ISBN : 9781480409798
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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The engaging biography of one of the most celebrated and enduring authors of Western literature Charles Dickens grew up in harsh poverty and became one of the world’s most beloved authors. Biographer Fred Kaplan takes a brilliant, multifaceted approach in his examination of Dickens’s life: his fraught marriage and relationships; the ever-present effects of his humble beginnings; his extensive, but carefully managed, public life; and his friendships with famous writers. Dickens unearths the complex passions that drove both the man and his work, illuminating why the legendary author—just like the characters in his fiction—has remained a mammoth figure in Western literature.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Curious World Of Lisa

Author : Deeksha Gupta
ISBN : STANFORD:36105025946760
Genre : Female friendship
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“Lisa, honey you’re getting late.” shouted Mrs. Philips. “Coming” said Lisa “Bye Leona,” she added. Lisa was in eight grade and was going to be 13 in two week’s time. She was pretty and smart with wavy blond hair and blue eyes. She went to St. Michael School. Leona was her imaginary friend and one of the most important things in her life.
Category: Female friendship

Dickens In His Time

Author : Ivor John Carnegie Brown
ISBN : IND:30000029290685
Genre : Grande-Bretagne - Conditions sociales - 19e siècle
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Discussion of the social and working conditions in England, with frequent reference to the characters and events in Dickens' novels.
Category: Grande-Bretagne - Conditions sociales - 19e siècle