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Charles Dickens (7 February 1812 – 9 June 1870)
was an English writer and social critic. He created some of the world’s most memorable fictional characters and is generally regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian period. During his life, his works enjoyed unprecedented fame, and by the twentieth century his literary genius was broadly acknowledged by critics and scholars. His novels and short stories continue to be widely popular. Born in Portsmouth, England, Dickens left school to work in a factory after his father was thrown into debtors’ prison. Although he had little formal education, his early impoverishment drove him to succeed. Over his career he edited a weekly journal for 20 years, wrote 15 novels, 5 novellas and hundreds of short stories and non-fiction articles, lectured and performed extensively, was an indefatigable letter writer, and campaigned vigorously for children’s rights, education, and other social reforms.
Read by: Bob Neufeld
Horatio Alger, Jr. (January 13, 1832 – July 18, 1899)
was a prolific 19th-century American author, best known for his many formulaic juvenile novels about impoverished boys and their rise from humble backgrounds to lives of middle-class security and comfort through hard work, determination, courage, and honesty.
Read by: Claudia Salto
John Kendrick Bangs (May 27, 1862 – January 21, 1922)
was an American author, editor and satirist.
Read by: David Wales
Robert Louis Stephenson (13 November 1850 – 3 December 1894)
was a Scottish novelist, poet, essayist, and travel writer. His most famous works are Treasure Island, Kidnapped, and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
Read by: ACBowgus (17:18)
A Christmas Carol*in prose, being a ghost story of Christmas by Charles Dickens Staves 1-2, Stave 3, Staves 4-5
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