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Nicholas Nickleby

Dickens, Charles (Book - 2003 )
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Nicholas Nickleby

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When Nicholas Nickleby is left penniless after his father's death, he appeals to his wealthy uncle to help him find work and to protect his mother and sister. But Ralph Nickleby proves both hard-hearted and unscrupulous, and Nicholas finds himself forced to make his own way in the world. Nicholas's adventures gave Dickens the opportunity to portray a extraordinary gallery of rogues and eccentrics: Wackford Squeers, tyrannical headmaster of Dotheboys Hall, a school for unwanted boys; the slow-witted orphan Smike, rescued by Nicholas; and the gloriously theatrical Mr and Mrs Crummle, and their daughter, the 'infant phenomenon'. Like many of Dickens's novels, Nicholas Nickleby is characterized by his outrage at cruelty and social injustice, but it is also a flamboyantly exuberant work, revealing Dickens's comic genius at its most unerring. Mark Ford's introduction compares Nicholas Nickleby to eighteenth-century picaresque novels, and examines Dickens's criticism of the 'Yorkshire Schools', his social satire and use of language. This edition also includes the original illustrations by 'Phiz', a chronology and a list for further reading. .
Authors: Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870
Title: Nicholas Nickleby
Publisher: London ;, New York :, Penguin Books,, [2003]
Characteristics: xxxvi, 816 p. :,ill. ;,20 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Charles Dickens ; edited with an introduction by Mark Ford, original illustrations by Hablot K. Browne ('Phiz')
Notes: "Reprinted with a revised chronology"--T.p. verso
Originally published: 1999
Additional Contributors: Ford, Mark - 1962 June 24-
Browne, Hablot Knight - 1815-1882
ISBN: 9780140435122
Branch Call Number: FICTION DICKENS 2003
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  • girlwhowalksalot rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

My favorite Dicken novel. Wonderful.

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  • isabella86 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I really don't like Victorian lit, but his writing has invaded my head, and I find myself thinking of the characters and wanting to find out what has become of them at odd moments of my day. Well done, Charles Dickens.


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