Join us on a literary world trip!
Add this book to bookshelf
Grey
Write a new comment Default profile 50px
Grey
Subscribe to read the full book or read the first pages for free!
All characters reduced
A Child's Dream of a Star - cover

A Child's Dream of a Star

Charles Dickens

Publisher: Dickens Press

  • 0
  • 0
  • 0

Summary

A Child's Dream of a Star was written in 1850 by Charles Dickens. This book is one of the most popular novels of Charles Dickens;
There was once a child, and he strolled about a good deal, and thought of a number of things. He had a sister, who was a child too, and his constant companion. These two used to wonder all day long. They wondered at the beauty of the flowers; they wondered at the height and blueness of the sky; they wondered at the depth of the bright water; they wondered at the goodness and the power of God, who made the lovely world. hey used to say to one another, sometimes, Supposing all the children upon earth were to die, would the flowers and the water and the sky be sorry? They believed they would be sorry. For, said they, the buds are the children of the flowers, and the little playful streams that gambol down the hillsides are the children of the water; and the smallest bright specks playing at hide-and-seek in the sky all night must surely be the children of the stars; and they would all be grieved to see their playmates, the children of men, no more.

Dickens is considered to be one of the greatest British writers. He was a social activist who wrote plays and novels during the Victorian period. His most famous novels include Tale of Two Cities, Oliver Twist, and David Copperfield This collection contains twelve stories, some featuring well-known characters such as Inspector Bucket and his wife, from Bleak House and Mr. Nadgett, from Martin Chuzzlewit. Dickens's work as a law clerk and reporter and his attendance at trials, executions, and nightly rounds with the police provided material for these mysteries.

Born in Portsmouth, Dickens left school to work in a factory when his father was incarcerated in a debtors' prison. Despite his lack of formal education, he edited a weekly journal for 20 years, wrote 15 novels, five novellas, 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.
Available since: 02/23/2018.

Other books that might interest you

  • Maggie - A Girl of the Streets - cover

    Maggie - A Girl of the Streets

    Stephen Crane

    • 0
    • 0
    • 0
    Maggie: A Girl of the Streets is a ground breaking novel relating to the precarious state of women in the new industrial world at the end of the nineteenth century. One blemish on a reputation and a woman would often be banned from her house, subject to earning her living on the streets, and often dying young as Maggie does. The irony is that Maggie has two abusive parents, the father who dies early in the novel, and the mother who hurls her out, with much fussing and lamenting about "all she has done" for Maggie.Crane's irony builds from the beginning through Maggie's brother, who is upset his friend debauched Maggie and got her pregnant. The turning point is in Jimmy who starts to realize that he has done the same to other brothers' sisters. It is the early realization of this behavior that makes the most interesting psychological impact on the novel.As always, Maggie contains the beautiful word paintings of Crane. As Maggie descends towards her doom each successive bar/entertainment place Maggie is taken to becomes increasingly bawdy and unappealing. Maggie preserves what order there is in the family home, nurses her mother, but that does not protect her position in the end, when she gets hurled out. This is one of the most moving stories in American literature. If this novel doesn't break your heart a little, no novel will. In our mind, Maggie is the equal of Crane's more famous work, The Red Badge of Courage, which depicts war with a candor similar to the depiction of the tenements and people of the Bowery in New York. A must read for all students of American literature and a wonderful one for the rest of us.
    Show book
  • 10 Masterpieces You Have to Listen Before You Die Vol: 2 - cover

    10 Masterpieces You Have to...

    Golden Deer Classics, Charles...

    • 0
    • 0
    • 0
    This Audiobook contains the following works: - White Fang [Jack London ]- Tess of the d'Urbervilles [Thomas Hardy]- The Call of Cthulhu [H.P Lovecraft]- A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court [Mark twain]- The Return of Sherlock Holmes [Arthur Conan Doyle]- The strange case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde [Robert Louis Stevenson]- Crime and Punishment [Fyodor Dostoyevsky]- Wuthering Heights [Emily Brontë]- A Christmas Carol [Charles Dickens]- The jungle book [Rudyard Kipling]Also Available 10 Masterpieces you have to listen before you die Vol: 1 (Golden Deer Classics)10 Masterpieces you have to listen before you die Vol: 2 (Golden Deer Classics)
    Show book
  • Country of the Saints The - A Sherlock Holmes Novel - A Study in Scarlet Book 2 (Unabridged) - cover

    Country of the Saints The - A...

    Sir Aarthur Conan Doyl

    • 0
    • 0
    • 0
    A Study in Scarlet is an 1887 detective novel by Scottish author Arthur Conan Doyle. The story marks the first appearance of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, who would become the most famous detective duo in popular fiction. The book's title derives from a speech given by Holmes, a consulting detective, to his friend and chronicler Watson on the nature of his work, in which he describes the story's murder investigation as his "study in scarlet": "There's the scarlet thread of murder running through the colourless skein of life, and our duty is to unravel it, and isolate it, and expose every inch of it.
    Show book
  • Hotel Savoy - cover

    Hotel Savoy

    Joseph Roth

    • 0
    • 0
    • 0
    A POW meets other survivors of World War I in a Polish hotel in this acclaimed classic novel by the author of The Radetzky March. 
     
    Still bearing the scars from gulag experiences, a freed POW traverses Russia to arrive at the Polish town of Lodz. In its massive Hotel Savoy, he meets a surreal cast of characters, each eagerly awaiting the return from America of a rich man named Bloomfield. Like Europe itself at the time, the hotel is the stage upon which characters follow fate to its tragic destination . . .  
     
    Praise for Hotel Savoy 
     
    “Superb Roth: witty, elegant, invariably honing in on the point where history trickles down to the level of the individual character and turns into fate.” —The Nation 
     
    “Roth’s considerable gift lay in sketching myriad personal convulsions in that time of conflagration.” —Publishers Weekly
    Show book
  • Portrait Of A Lady - cover

    Portrait Of A Lady

    Henry James

    • 0
    • 0
    • 0
    The Portrait of a Lady focuses first and foremost on the character and experiences of its heroine Isabel Archer. She is, in Henry James' words, the ‘lighted’ character; all the other people in the novel remain relatively obscure. Their dealings with Isabel, for good or ill, serve to reveal more of her character to the reader and to further her along the path of emotional development and maturity. The deep goodness of Ralph and the machinations of Osmond and Madame Merle are revealed only in relation to her.
    Show book
  • Wuthering Heights (Legend Classics) - cover

    Wuthering Heights (Legend Classics)

    Emily Bronte

    • 0
    • 0
    • 1
    “He's more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.” 
    Catherine Earnshaw had no idea that the boy her father took in from the streets of Liverpool would one day become her lover, her soul mate. Nor did she know that her decision to marry someone else would send him down the path of destruction. 
     Once a novel criticised for its display of mental and physical cruelty, Wuthering Heights is now a considered a 19th century classic. It’s themes of gender inequality and violence driven by passion still resonate with readers today. 
    The Legend Classics series:Around the World in Eighty DaysThe Adventures of Huckleberry FinnThe Importance of Being EarnestAlice's Adventures in WonderlandThe MetamorphosisThe Railway ChildrenThe Hound of the BaskervillesFrankensteinWuthering HeightsThree Men in a BoatThe Time MachineLittle WomenAnne of Green GablesThe Jungle BookThe Yellow Wallpaper and Other StoriesDraculaA Study in ScarletLeaves of GrassThe Secret GardenThe War of the WorldsA Christmas CarolStrange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr HydeHeart of DarknessThe Scarlet LetterThis Side of ParadiseOliver TwistThe Picture of Dorian GrayTreasure IslandThe Turn of the ScrewThe Adventures of Tom SawyerEmmaThe TrialA Selection of Short Stories by Edgar Allan PoeGrimm Fairy TalesThe AwakeningMrs DallowayGulliver’s TravelsThe Castle of OtrantoSilas MarnerHard Times
    Show book