Nicholas Nickleby

Dickens, Charles (Book - 2003)
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One of the touchstones of the English comic novel, the Penguin Classics edition of Charles Dickens's Nicholas Nickleby is edited with an introduction by Mark Ford.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. His adventures gave Dickens the opportunity to portray an extraordinary gallery of rogues and eccentrics: Wackford Squeers, the tyrannical headmaster of Dotheboys Hall, a school for unwanted boys, the slow-witted orphan Smike, rescued by Nicholas, the pretentious Mantalinis and the gloriously theatrical Mr and Mrs Crummels and their daughter, the 'infant phenomenon'. Like many of Dickens's novels, Nicholas Nickleby is characterised by his outrage at cruelty and social injustice, but it is also a flamboyantly exuberant work, whose loose, haphazard progress harks back to the picaresque novels of Tobias Smollett and Henry Fielding.In his introduction Mark Ford 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 includes the original illustrations by 'Phiz', Dickens's original preface to the work, a chronology and a list of further reading.Charles Dickens is one of the best-loved novelists in the English language, whose 200th anniversary was celebrated in 2012. His most famous books, including Oliver Twist, Great Expectations, A Tale of Two Cities, David Copperfield and The Pickwick Papers, have been adapted for stage and screen and read by millions. If you enjoyed Nicholas Nickleby, you might like Dickens's David Copperfield, also available in Penguin Classics.'The novel has everything: an absorbing melodrama, with a supporting cast of heroes, villains and eccentrics, set in a London where vast wealth and desperate poverty live cheek-by-jowl'Jasper Rees, The Times
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: Originally published: 1999
"Reprinted with a revised chronology"--T.p. verso
Additional Contributors: Browne, Hablot Knight 1815-1882
Ford, Mark 1962 June 24-
ISBN: 0140435123
Branch Call Number: FICTION DICKENS 2003
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references
Subject Headings: Uncles Fiction Widows Fiction England Fiction Poor families Fiction Boarding schools Fiction Fathers Death Fiction Theatrical companies Fiction Young men Fiction
Genre/Form: Bildungsromans
Picaresque literature
Topical Term: Uncles
Poor families
Boarding schools
Theatrical companies
Young men
LCCN: 00698638
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After Nicholas Nickleby's father dies bankrupt, Nicholas becomes the unhappy ward of his uncle, a moneylender, and survives many adventures before finding happiness.

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Dec 30, 2012
  • girlwhowalksalot rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

My favorite Dicken novel.

Mar 30, 2012
  • 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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