Dickens Memories

This week I made a trip to Half-Price Books and found another book to add to my Penguin Popular Classics collection. I now have more than 70 titles in this imprint from the UK which is no longer in print. I do not see them very often as they were not sold in the US. However, they were popular purchases in airports and hotels when people would travel so they do end up in used book stores here.

Nicholas Nickleby, Charles Dickens, Memories, Junior High EnglishThe title that I found was Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens. This brought back some memories.

English Class, Plays, Speech ClassI remember sitting in Mrs. McQuade’s class and watching a production of Nicholas Nickleby. I think that it was in 8th grade English when we watched it.

Of course many other memories of classes with Mrs. McQuade along with speech competitions, plays and musicals came flooding back.

Martin Chuzzlewit, Charles Dickens, Penguin Popular ClassicsHere is another of the Dickens Penguin Popular Classics. I picked up Martin Chuzzlewit at the Half-Price Books flagship store in Dallas when I visited there.

I also have copies of Hard Times, Great Expectations, David Copperfield and A Tale of Two Cities.

Charles Dickens - Christmas Books - Oxford Illustrated - A Christmas Carol - The Cricket on the HearthI do have all of the works of Charles Dickens, including the complete set of The Oxford Illustrated Dickens. I even have the box for the set. I picked the set up at Steele’s Used Books in Kansas City years ago.

Dickens First Edition, The Life of Our Lord, Charles DickensAt the same time I picked up a little known work of Charles Dickens. This is a first edition of The Life of Our Lord which wasn’t published until 1934.

Now back to my memories.

Steven

 

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