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Charles Dickens bibliography

The bibliography of Charles Dickens (1812–70) includes more than a dozen major novels, a large number of short stories (including a number of Christmas-themed stories and ghost stories), several plays, several non-fiction books, and individual essays and articles. Dickens' novels were serialised initially in weekly or monthly magazines, then reprinted in standard book formats.

Notable works by Charles Dickens

Major works

A chronological list of Dickens' major works
Name Year completed Type
Sketches by Boz 1836 Short Stories
The Pickwick Papers 1837 Novel
The Mudfog Papers 1838 Short Stories
Oliver Twist 1839 Novel
Nicholas Nickleby 1839 Novel
The Old Curiosity Shop 1841 Novel
Barnaby Rudge 1841 Novel
Master Humphrey's Clock 1841 Non-novel
American Notes 1842 Non-fiction travelogue
A Christmas Carol 1843 Novella
Martin Chuzzlewit 1844 Novel
The Chimes 1844 Novella
The Cricket on the Hearth 1845 Novella
Pictures from Italy 1846 Non-fiction travelogue
The Battle of Life 1846 Novella
Dombey and Son 1848 Novel
The Haunted Man and the Ghost's Bargain 1848 Novella
The Life of Our Lord 1849 Non-fiction history
David Copperfield 1850 Novel
A Child's History of England 1853 Non-fiction history
Bleak House 1853 Novel
The Long Voyage 1853 Short Story
Hard Times 1854 Novel
The Holly-Tree Inn 1855 Short Story
Little Dorrit 1857 Novel
The Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices 1857 Non-novel
Reprinted Pieces 1858 Short Stories
A Tale of Two Cities 1859 Novel
The Haunted House 1859 Short Story
Great Expectations 1861 Novel
Our Mutual Friend 1865 Novel
The Signal-Man 1866 Short Story
No Thoroughfare 1867 Short Story
A Holiday Romance 1868 Short Story
The Uncommercial Traveller 1869 Short stories and reminiscences
The Mystery of Edwin Drood 1870 Novel


Name of novel Publication Notes
The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club Monthly serial, April 1836 to November 1837[1]
Oliver Twist; or, The Parish Boy's Progress Monthly serial in Bentley's Miscellany, February 1837 to April 1839
The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby Monthly serial, April 1838 to October 1839
The Old Curiosity Shop Weekly serial in Master Humphrey's Clock, 25 April 1840 to 6 February 1841
Barnaby Rudge: A Tale of the Riots of 'Eighty' Weekly serial in Master Humphrey's Clock, 13 February 1841, to 27 November 1841 Historical Novel
A Christmas Carol, In Prose: Being a Ghost Story of Christmas 1843 Christmas novella; a ghost story
The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit Monthly serial, January 1843 to July 1844
The Chimes: A Goblin Story of Some Bells that Rang an Old Year Out and a New Year In 1844 Christmas novella
The Cricket on the Hearth: A Fairy Tale of Home 1845 Christmas novella
The Battle of Life: A Love Story 1846 Christmas novella
Dealings with the Firm of Dombey and Son: Wholesale, Retail and for Exportation Monthly serial, October 1846 to April 1848
The Haunted Man and the Ghost's Bargain, A Fancy for Christmas-Time 1848 Christmas novella; a ghost story
The Personal History, Adventures, Experience and Observation of David Copperfield the Younger of Blunderstone Rookery Monthly serial, May 1849 to November 1850
Bleak House Monthly serial, March 1852 to September 1853
Hard Times: For These Times Weekly serial in Household Words, 1 April 1854, to 12 August 1854
Little Dorrit Monthly serial, December 1855 to June 1857
A Tale of Two Cities Weekly serial in All the Year Round, 30 April 1859, to 26 November 1859 Historical novel
Great Expectations Weekly serial in All the Year Round, 1 December 1860 to 3 August 1861
Our Mutual Friend Monthly serial, May 1864 to November 1865
The Mystery of Edwin Drood Monthly serial, April 1870 to September 1870. Unfinished - Only six of twelve planned numbers completed

Short stories

  • "The Lamplighter" (1838)
  • "The Sewer-Dwelling Reptiles" (1841)
  • "A Child's Dream of a Star" (1850)
  • "Captain Murderer" (1850)
  • "To be Read at Dusk" (1852) (a ghost story)
  • "The Long Voyage" (1853)
  • "Prince Bull" (1855)
  • "Thousand and One Humbugs" (1855)
  • "Hunted Down" (1859)
  • "The Signal-Man" (1866) (a ghost story)
  • "George Silverman's Explanation" (1868)
  • "Holiday Romance" (1868)

Christmas short stories

  • "A Christmas Tree" (1850)
  • "What Christmas is, as We Grow Older" (1851)
  • "The Poor Relation's Story" (1852)
  • "The Child's Story" (1852)
  • "The Schoolboy's Story" (1853)
  • "Nobody's Story" (1853)
  • "The Seven Poor Travellers" (1854)
  • "The Holly-tree Inn" (1855)
  • "The Wreck of the Golden Mary" (1856)
  • "The Perils of Certain English Prisoners" (1857)
  • "Going into Society" (1858)
  • "A Message from the Sea" (1860)
  • "Tom Tiddler's Ground" (1861)
  • "Somebody's Luggage" (1862)
  • "Mrs Lirriper's Lodgings" (1863)
  • "Mrs Lirriper's Legacy" (1864)
  • "Doctor Marigold's Prescriptions" (1865)
  • "The Trial for Murder" (1865; a ghost story)
  • "Mugby Junction" (1866)
  • "The Signal-Man" (1866; a ghost story)
  • "No Thoroughfare" (1867)

Collaborative works

Short story collections

Nonfiction, poetry, and plays

  • The Frozen Deep (play, 1857)
  • The Uncommercial Traveller (1860–69)
  • Speeches, Letters and Sayings (1870)
  • Letters of Charles Dickens to Wilkie Collins (1851–70, pub. 1982)
  • The Complete Poems of Charles Dickens (1885)

Articles and essays

  • "A Coal Miner's Evidence"
  • "Frauds on the Fairies"
  • "In Memoriam W. M. Thackeray the first!"
  • "The Lost Arctic Voyagers" (1854)


Editing and publication of Dickens' letters started in 1949 when publisher Rupert Hart-Davis persuaded Humphry House of Wadham College, Oxford University to edit a complete edition of the letters. House died suddenly aged 46 in 1955. However the work continued, and by 1997 Volume 9 had been published.[2]


  1. ^ Johnson, EDH, Holmes Professor of Belles Lettres, "Chronology of Novels", Princeton University, retrieved 11 June 2007  .
  2. ^ Hart-Davis, Rupert (1998). Halfway to Heaven: Concluding memoirs of a literary life. Stroud, Gloucestershire: Sutton. p. 42. ISBN 0-7509-1837-3. 

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