Last Updated on December 29, 2023 by showitadmin
In the realm of classic literature, Charles Dickens stands as a titan whose works serve as timeless narratives that continue to captivate readers worldwide. Contemporary authors, inspired by his brilliance, have responded by crafting books about Charles Dickens himself, exploring his life, his writings, and his enduring influence. These “Dickensian” tales provide rich insights into the man behind such monumental works, revealing intriguing aspects of his personal and professional life.
In this list, you will find contemporary books about Charles Dickens himself, but also books inspired by his most popular works along with books with a flair of Dickensian magic, offering readers an immersive experience reminiscent of the Victorian era’s literary giant.
Books About Charles Dickens
The Mystery of Charles Dickens by A.N. Wilson
“The Mystery of Charles Dickens” is a lively and insightful biographical celebration of the imaginative genius of Charles Dickens. It explores key events in his life, revealing how his fiction drew from personal experiences. A. N. Wilson goes beyond standard biography to uncover the wellspring of Dickens’s vast imagination and explains why his novels captured the hearts of readers in the nineteenth century and continue to resonate today. Illustrated with 30 black-and-white images, this book marks the 150th anniversary of Dickens’s death.
Mr. Dickens and His Carol by Samantha Silva
This beloved and irresistible novel reimagines the story behind Charles Dickens’ Christmas classic. As Dickens faces financial struggles and writer’s block, he meets the mysterious Eleanor Lovejoy who becomes his muse. Through a Scrooge-like journey, Dickens learns about generosity, friendship, ambition, and love. The story he writes will forever change Christmas.
Dickens and Prince by Nick Hornby
In this entertaining and thought-provoking book, acclaimed author Nick Hornby explores the surprising similarities between Victorian novelist Charles Dickens and modern American rock star Prince. With humor and admiration, Hornby delves into their artistic genius, examining their personal tragedies, boundless productivity, and the profound impact they had on their respective disciplines. Through this exploration, he offers a captivating rumination on the essence of creativity and the passion required to produce great art.
Books with Dickensian Magic
The Astonishing Life of August March by Aaron Jackson
In this enchanting debut novel, we follow the extraordinary journey of August March, an optimistic orphan who spent his early years in a theater. From his unconventional upbringing to his adventures in postwar New York City, August’s story is a blend of Candide, John Irving, and a touch of Charles Dickens. As he navigates through life, surviving on the kindness of strangers and searching for love, August’s tale reminds us that even in the most unexpected places, everyone can find love. Aaron Jackson’s captivating storytelling makes this a profound and delightful read.
One Christmas Morning by Rachel Greenlaw
One Christmas Morning is a heartwarming debut novel that combines a dash of Dickensian magic with themes of self-discovery, friendship, and second chances. Eva, haunted by past Christmas memories, reluctantly attends a friend’s holiday party. However, a visit from her grandmother’s ghost propels her on a journey of introspection and transformation. Waking up in different lives on subsequent Christmas mornings, Eva gains insight into the secrets and struggles of her loved ones. Through these experiences, she learns to let go of the past and embrace a brighter future. Will Eva be able to mend broken relationships and rewrite her own story?
The Curator by Owen King
In this enchanting Dickensian fantasy by Owen King, cats are revered as religious figures, thieves are noble, scholars are revolutionaries, and conjurers are extraordinary criminals. Dora, a former domestic servant, seeks to unravel the mystery of her brother’s death, leading her to The Museum of Psykical Research. Amidst a revolutionary upheaval, Dora’s quest takes her to The National Museum of the Worker, revealing hidden truths and a monstrous conspiracy in a wondrous city on the brink of collapse.
D (A Tale of Two Worlds) by Michel Faber
In this modern-day Dickensian fable, the letter D mysteriously disappears from language, causing a series of strange events. Dhikilo, the main character, is summoned by her old history teacher and embarks on a journey between England and the wintry land of Liminus. In a world enslaved by the monstrous Gamp, Dhikilo encounters enchanting creatures and faces moral challenges. D (A Tale of Two Worlds) is a beautifully written story that celebrates friendship, bravery, and the power of freethinking.
What do you think about these books about Charles Dickens?
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