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A Message from the Sea

(1860)
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"A Message from the Sea" was a short story by Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins written in 1860 for the Christmas issue of All the Year Round.

A Message from the Sea is a single integrated novella that tells a nautical adventure story combined with a family mystery all resolved through some pretty epically implausible coincidences. Dickens wrote three of the five chapters, and they are clearly recognizable and better, but the other two chapters are perfectly finely executed--with one being an shipwreck/castaway story that puts two enemies together on a small deserted island.

The story revolves around an American captain who delivers a message found in a bottle to a family in small English fishing village (lovingly described by Dickens). This sets off an unfortunate event followed by an attempt to figure out the truth, which leads to another trip, an extended flashback about the shipwreck, and a final classic Dickens resolution of a large, happy group where the wronged are vindicated and the wrong are suitably chastened (in this case in absetenia), and everyone is set to live happily ever after. 
 

Genre: Literary Fiction

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Hardback Editions

September 2019 : Hardback
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Title: A Message from the Sea
Author(s): Charles Dickens
ISBN: 3734059232 / 978-3734059230
Publisher: Outlook Verlag
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Paperback Editions

September 2020 : Paperback
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Title: A Message from the Sea
Author(s): Charles Dickens
Publisher: Independently published
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September 2020 : Paperback
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Title: A Message from the Sea
Author(s): Charles Dickens
Publisher: Independently published
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August 2020 : Paperback
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Title: A Message From the Sea
Author(s): Charles Dickens
Publisher: Independently published
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October 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: Message from the Sea
Author(s): Charles Dickens
ISBN: 1-70251-525-7 / 978-1-70251-525-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Independently published
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September 2018 : Paperback
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Title: A Message From the Sea
Author(s): Charles Dickens
ISBN: 1-72400-903-6 / 978-1-72400-903-6
Publisher: Independently published
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August 2018 : Paperback
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Title: A Message From the Sea
Author(s): Charles Dickens
ISBN: 1-71813-375-8 / 978-1-71813-375-4
Publisher: Independently published
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Kindle Editions

August 2020 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: A Message from the Sea
Author(s): Charles Dickens
Publisher: SAGA Egmont
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April 2019 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: A Message from the Sea
Author(s): Charles Dickens
Publisher: iOnlineShopping.com
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February 2019 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: A Message from the Sea
Author(s): Charles Dickens
Publisher: arslan
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September 2018 : Australia Kindle edition
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Title: A Message from the Sea
Author(s): Charles Dickens
Publisher: Sheba Blake Publishing
Availability: Amazon AU