Essential (or popular) Dickens?
Here is a list of some of the major works by Charles Dickens (followed the year of completion of its original serial version) and some Dickens collections that I own; I am interested to see which Dickens novels are considered important enough to be in collections.
A = Annotated Dickens, a pair of volumes published by Clarkson Potter as part of their “Annotated series” (out of print)
P = Penguin Classic’s Major Works of Charles Dickens, a box set containing hardcover versions of some Penguin Classics editions
N = volume is contained in the Norton Critical Edition series.
B = Barnes and Noble volume Charles Dickens: Five Novels.
Just for grins, I added up the total check marks for each major work to get a total – representing a rather unscientific popularity score.
Despite the sum not having even a shred of scientific respectability, I have to say that the totals mostly came out the same as my assessment; although I would rank Pickwick Papers rather higher than on the list.
|Pickwick Papers (1837)||✓||✓||2|
|Oliver Twist (1839)||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||5|
|Nicholas Nickleby (1839)||0|
|Old Curiosity Shop (1841)||✓||1|
|Barnaby Rudge (1841)||✓||1|
|Christmas Carol (1843)||✓||✓||✓||3|
|Dombey and Son (1848)||✓||1|
|Martin Chuzzlewit (1844)||✓||1|
|David Copperfield (1850)||✓||✓||✓||✓||4|
|Bleak House (1853)||✓||✓||✓||3|
|Hard Times (1854)||✓||✓||✓||✓||4|
|Little Dorrit (1857)||0|
|Tale of Two Cities (1859)||✓||✓||✓||3|
|Great Expectations (1861)||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||5|
|Our Mutual Friend (1865)||✓||1|
|Mystery of Edward Drood (1870)||0|
|contains other short stories or Christmas stories||✓||1|
In this 200th Dickens anniversary year, what do you consider as his most important works?