Contents The Cricket on the Hearth Chirp the First Chirp the Second Chirp the Third The Holly-Tree I. The *Guest II. The Boots III. The Bill The Haunted House I. The Mortals in the House II. The Ghost in Master B.'s Room III. The Ghost in the Comer Room
After a childhood blighted by poverty, commercial success came early to Charles Dickens (1812-70). By the age of 24, he was an international sensation whose new novels were eagerly anticipated. Two centuries later, Dickens's popularity endures as readers revel in the warm humanity and rollicking humor of his tales of self-discovery.