The Village Collector's Reader

Selections from the Works of Charles Dickens

Edited by Linda Rosewood Hooper


The Village Collector's Reader delivers an original Dickens description for more than a hundred of your favorite Dickens Village pieces.

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Which pieces are included in The Village Collector's Reader?

Ashbury Inn
Ashwick Lane Hose and Ladder
Barley Bree Farmhouse
Bean and Son Smithy Shop
Betsy Trotwood's Cottage
Bishop's Oast House
Blenham Street Bank
Boarding and Lodging School
Brick Abbey
Brownlow House
Butter Tub Barn
Candle Shop
Chadbury Station and Train
Chesterton Manor House
Childe Pond and Skaters
The Chop Shop
Cobles Police Station
Cottage of Bob Cratchit and Tiny Tim
Counting House
Crowntree Inn
Dover Coach
Fagin's Hide-A-Way
Sir John Falstaff Inn
Fezziwig's Warehouse
Flat of Ebenezer Scrooge (and Melancholy Tavern)
C. Fletcher Public House
Gad's Hill Place
Golden Swan, White Horse, and Wrenbury Bakeries
The Grapes Inn
Green Gate Cottage
Green Grocer, Mermaid Fish Shoppe, T. Wells Fruit and Spice, Abel Beesley Butcher

Hembleton Pewterer (and Sweep)
Ivy Glen Church
Thomas Kersey Coffeehouse
Kensington Palace
King's Road Post Office
J. Lytes Coal Merchant
Maylie Cottage
Mulberrie Court Brownstones
Nephew Fred's Flat
Nettie Quinn Puppets and Marionettes
Nicholas Nickleby and Kate
Nicholas Nickleby Cottage
Norman Church
The Olde Camden Town Church
Old Curiosity Shop
The Old Globe Theatre
Old Michaelchurch
Peggotty's Seaside Cottage
Pied Bull Inn
Ramsford Palace
Scrooge and Marley
Stone Bridge
Stone Cottage, Thatched Cottage
Theatre Royal
The Tower of London
Tuttle's Pub
Village Church
Wackford Squeers
Wackford Squeers Boarding School
Walpole Tailors
C.H. Watt, Physician (Residence)
Geo. Weeton Watchmaker
Mr. Wickfield Solicitor (and Tudor Cottage)

If you collect the Dickens Village, you know how you love it. But don't you wish you knew more about each piece?

Looking for these answers can mean a long search, as Dickens novels are hundreds of pages. And not every village piece has an actual source in Dickens! Now, for the first time, a Dickens expert has carefully selected excerpts that either describe the exact inspiration for the piece, or illuminate a related aspect of Victorian life as Dickens saw it.


The Village Collectors Reader is the perfect gift for the collector who has everything--beginning with yourself.

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Q: What is the Dickens Village?

A: Department 56, Inc. sells several lines of collectibles and The Dickens Village is but one of them. The Dickens Village collectibles are high-quality porcelein sculptures of churches, inns, houses, stores, and characteristically Victorian buildings, which are inspired by places and characters in the novels of Charles Dickens.

Q: What would a collector get out of this book?

A:.Dickens novels are big, and it's daunting to find one or two paragraphs describing a tailor or a puppet show. Moreover, not every piece corresponds to something "real" in a Dickens novel, so some of the selections are more than what you would expect. For example, a profound observationabout the nature of youth--uttered on a bridge--accompanies "Stone Bridge." Some people find that the book is just a nice Dickens anthology.

Q: Isn't it hard to know what is going on in these "selections," without reading the rest of the book?

A: Not at all. As G.K. Chesterton wrote:

As a general rule Dickens can be read in any order; not only in any order of books, but even in any order of chapters. In an average Dickens book every part is so amusing and alive that you can read parts backwards; you can read the quarrel first and then the cause of the quarrel; you can fall in love with a woman in the tenth chapter and then turn back to the first chapter to find out who she is.

Q: I read a selection in your book, and then I read the complete Dickens novel. There are small inconsistencies in words and punctuation between your version and the published one. What's going on here?

A: I used nineteenth-century editions of Dickens's works for my selections because they are in public domain. If you read Dickens today, you should buy the Oxford edition because the text of that edition was established by scholars. This means that they took all the lifetime editions of Dickens, compared them, rooted out the typos, and tried to decide on the best choice whenever it seemed like Dickens had made a change himself, which he did, over a lifetime of publishing the same books over and over. Establishing a text is hard work and for that reason established editions like the Oxford are under copyright.

Q: Where can I learn more about Charles Dickens?

A: I suggest you start with The Dickens Project of the University of California. Their web site not only contains more information for you, but many links for more web resources. You may also wish to visit a local public or university library.

Q: If I were to read my first Dickens book, what would you suggest?

A: A Christmas Carol, without hesitation, even if you think you know the story. If you'd like another recommendation, then I don't know where to begin: Pickwick Papers, because it is so silly, Hard Times because it is so topical, Our Mutual Friend because it is perfect, Great Expectations because it is a jewel, Tale of Two Cities because it is so moving, David Copperfield because of the friends you make. If you want to read about Dickens, then you can pretty much skip the learned professors at the library, and just stick with G. K. Chesterton essays. The most scholarly and complete biography is by Fred Kaplan, the most interesting, by Edgar Johnson.

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