Charles Dickens bibliography

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

Notable works by Charles Dickens

Novels and novellas

Title Publication Notes
The Pickwick Papers Monthly serial, April 1836 to November 1837[1]
Oliver Twist Monthly serial in Bentley's Miscellany, February 1837 to April 1839
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 Weekly serial in Master Humphrey's Clock, 13 February 1841, to 27 November 1841 Historical Novel
Martin Chuzzlewit Monthly serial, December 1842 to July 1844
A Christmas Carol 1843 Christmas novella; a ghost story
The Chimes 1844 Christmas novella
The Cricket on the Hearth 1845 Christmas novella
The Battle of Life 1846 Christmas novella
The Haunted Man and the Ghost's Bargain 1848 Christmas novella; a ghost story
Dombey and Son Monthly serial, October 1846 to April 1848
David Copperfield Monthly serial, May 1849 to November 1850
Bleak House Monthly serial, March 1852 to September 1853
Hard 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

  • "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; collaboration)
  • "The Holly-tree Inn" (1855; collaboration)
  • "The Wreck of the Golden Mary" (1856; collaboration)
  • "The Perils of Certain English Prisoners" (1857; collaboration)
  • "Going into Society" (1858)
  • "A Message from the Sea" (1860; collaboration)
  • "Tom Tiddler's Ground" (1861; collaboration)
  • "Somebody's Luggage" (1862)
  • "Mrs Lirriper's Lodgings" (1863; collaboration)
  • "Mrs Lirriper's Legacy" (1864; collaboration)
  • "Doctor Marigold's Prescriptions" (1865)
  • "The Trial for Murder" (1865; collaboration; a ghost story)
  • "Mugby Junction" (1866; collaboration)
  • "The Signal-Man" (1866; a ghost story)
  • "No Thoroughfare" (1867; collaboration)

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


Editing and publication of Dickens's letters started in 1949 when publisher Rupert Hart-Davis persuaded Humphry House of Wadham College, Oxford, 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. ^ E. D. H. Johnson, Chronology of Novels (from Charles Dickens: An Introduction to His Novels 1969), 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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