Martin Chuzzlewit by Charles Dickens

Martin Chuzzlewit

byCharles DickensIntroduction byPatricia InghamNotes byPatricia Ingham

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Charles Dickens's powerful black comedy of of hypocrisy and greed

The greed of his family has led wealthy old Martin Chuzzlewit to become suspicious and misanthropic, leaving his grandson and namesake to make his own way in the world. And so young Martin sets out from the Wiltshire home of his supposed champion, the scheming architect Pecksniff, to seek his fortune in America. In depicting Martin's journey - an experience that teaches him to question his inherited self-interest and egotism - Dickens created many vividly realized figures: the brutish lout Jonas Chuzzlewit, plotting to gain the family fortune; Martin's optimistic manservant, Mark Tapley; gentle Tom Pinch; and the drunken and corrupt private nurse, Mrs Gamp. With its portrayal of greed, blackmail and murder, and its searing satire on America Dickens's novel is a powerful and blackly comic story of hypocrisy and redemption. In her introduction, Patricia Ingham examines characterization, the central themes of the novel, and Dickens's depiction of America. This edition also includes two new prefaces, Dickens's postscript written in 1868, his working papers, a note on Mrs Gamp's eccentric speech, a chronology, updated further reading, appendices and original illustrations by 'Phiz'.  

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Charles Dickens was born on February 7, 1812, in Landport, Portsea, England. He died in Kent on June 9, 1870. The second of eight children of a family continually plagued by debt, the young Dickens came to know not only hunger and privation,but also the horror of the infamous debtors’ prison and the evils of child labor. A turn of fort...
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Title:Martin ChuzzlewitFormat:PaperbackDimensions:864 pages, 7.8 × 5.1 × 1.5 inPublished:July 31, 2000Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0140436146

ISBN - 13:9780140436143

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18

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The United States is a new country and hope springs eternal for all of its citizens. Charles Dickens sharply satirizes the mid-19th century United States in this ambitious novel. Martin and Jonas Chuzzlewit are selfish like the rest of their family, yet their self-centred attitudes lead them in opposite directions to meet different destinies. One enjoys moral salvation and worldly success; the other suffers a life of desperate crime. Patricia Ingham’s introduction to this edition explores how Martin Chuzzlewit blends moral sensibility and cruelty along with Dickens’s comments on human nature.

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Martin Chuzzlewit is a dramatic serial on Masterpiece Theatre, a PBS television series presented by WGBH-TV, Boston, made possible by a grant from Mobil Corporation.