By: Dickens, Charles

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'The novel has everything: an absorbing melodrama, with a supporting cast o f heroes, villains and eccentrics, set in a London where vast wealth and de sperate poverty live cheek-by-jowl' Jasper Rees, The Times When Nicholas Nickleby is left penniless after his father's death, he appea ls 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 adventu res gave Dickens the opportunity to portray an extraordinary gallery of rog ues and eccentrics: Wackford Squeers, the tyrannical headmaster of Dotheboy s Hall, a school for unwanted boys, the slow-witted orphan Smike, rescued b y Nicholas, the pretentious Mantalinis and the gloriously theatrical Mr and Mrs Crummels and their daughter, the 'infant phenomenon'. Like many of Dic kens'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 Smo llett and Henry Fielding. In his introduction Mark Ford compares Nicholas N ickleby to eighteenth-century picaresque novels, and examines Dickens's cri ticism of the 'Yorkshire schools', his social satire and use of language. T his edition includes the original illustrations by 'Phiz', Dickens's origin al preface to the work, a chronology and a list of further reading. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics rep.


Author Name: Dickens, Charles

Categories: Classical Literature,

Publisher: Penguin Classics: 1999

ISBN Number: 0140435123

ISBN Number 13: 9780140435122

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Good

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