Very Short Introductions
Jane Austen is one of the most widely-read novelists in the English language, and one of very few pre-Victorian writers to have a large popular following. This book situates Austen in the literary and historical context of her time, and combines critical introductions to each of her six major novels with the exploration of key themes of her work.
Charles Dickens, Daniel Tyler
Oxford World's Classics
In this series of sketches Dickens brings the city of London and its inhabitants vividly to life. His travels take him to the workhouse, the theatre, and further afield to the Liverpool docks and the Paris morgue. Combining autobiography with reportage, the book showcases Dickens's characteristic wit, humour, and social concerns.