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Penguin Classics Old Curiosity Shop

by Charles Dickens
Foreword by Norman Page
Editor Norman Page

Penguin UK (PB) | July 29, 2003 | Trade Paperback |

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''I really think I have done it ingeniously and with a very complicated interweaving of truth and fiction.'' So wrote Dickens of David Copperfield (1850), the novel he called his ''favourite child''. Through his hero Dickens draws openly on his own life, as David Copperfield recalls his experiences from childhood to the discovery of his vocation as a successful novelist. Rosa Dartle, Dora, Steerforth and Uriah Heep are among the characters who focus the hero''s sexual and emotional drives, and Mr Micawber, a portrait of Dickens''s own father, evokes the mixture of love, nostalgia and guilt that, put together, make this Dickens''s most quoted and best-loved novel.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 720 Pages, 5.12 × 7.87 × 1.18 in

Published: July 29, 2003

Publisher: Penguin UK (PB)

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0140437428

ISBN - 13: 9780140437423

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Penguin Classics Old Curiosity Shop

Penguin Classics Old Curiosity Shop

by Charles Dickens
Foreword by Norman Page
Editor Norman Page

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 720 Pages, 5.12 × 7.87 × 1.18 in

Published: July 29, 2003

Publisher: Penguin UK (PB)

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0140437428

ISBN - 13: 9780140437423

From the Publisher

''I really think I have done it ingeniously and with a very complicated interweaving of truth and fiction.'' So wrote Dickens of David Copperfield (1850), the novel he called his ''favourite child''. Through his hero Dickens draws openly on his own life, as David Copperfield recalls his experiences from childhood to the discovery of his vocation as a successful novelist. Rosa Dartle, Dora, Steerforth and Uriah Heep are among the characters who focus the hero''s sexual and emotional drives, and Mr Micawber, a portrait of Dickens''s own father, evokes the mixture of love, nostalgia and guilt that, put together, make this Dickens''s most quoted and best-loved novel.

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The story of ''Little Nell'' gripped the nation when it first appeared. Described as a ''tragedy of sorrows'', it tells of Nell uprooted from a secure and innocent childhood and cast into a world where evil takes many shapes, the most fascinating of which is the stunted, lecherous Quilp. He is Nell''s tormenter and destroyer, and it is his demonic energy that dominates the book.

About the Author

Charles Dickens, perhaps the best British novelist of the Victorian era, was born in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England in 1812. His happy early childhood was interrupted when his father was sent to debtors' prison, and young Dickens had to go to work in a factory at age twelve. Later, he took jobs as an office boy and journalist before publishing essays and stories in the 1830s. His first novel, The Pickwick Papers, made him a famous and popular author at the age of twenty-five. Subsequent works were published serially in periodicals and cemented his reputation as a master of colorful characterization, and as a harsh critic of social evils and corrupt institutions. His many books include Oliver Twist, David Copperfield, Bleak House, Great Expectations, A Christmas Carol, and A Tale of Two Cities. Dickens married Catherine Hogarth in 1836, and the couple had nine children before separating in 1858 when he began a long affair with Ellen Ternan, a young actress. Despite the scandal, Dickens remained a public figure, appearing often to read his fiction. He died in 1870, leaving his final novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, unfinished.
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