Fans across the world are celebrating the birthday of one of the greatest writers of all time, Charles Dickens. The father of such classic characters as Oliver Twist and Scrooge, of such famous lines as "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times," his work captures something about hope and the human condition that seems timeless. He was also just a really entertaining writer.
Here's a timeline of some of his more famous books--
1837-39 - Oliver Twist
1838-39 - The Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby
1843 - A Christmas Carol
1849-50 - David Copperfield
1852-53 - Bleak House
1859 - A Tale of Two Cities
- 1860-61 - Great Expectations
If you're interested in owning a collection of great works by Dickens, there's Major Works of Charles Dickens, and if you're interested in more about his life, his works, and what experts have to say about him, you should take a look at The Oxford Companion to Charles Dickens: Anniversary edition.
If you happen to own a Kindle, his collected works are practically free.
Finally, here's the full first sentence of A Tale of Two Cities:
"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to heaven, we were all going direct the other way - in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only."