September 1, 1998
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1853262056
ISBN - 13: 9781853262050
About the Book
Martin Chuzzlewit is Charles Dickens' comic masterpiece about which his biographer, Forster, noted that it marked a crucial phase in the author's development as he began to delve deeper into the 'springs of character'.
From the Publisher
With an Introduction and Notes by Dr John Bowen, Department of English,
University of Keele Martin Chuzzlewit is Charles Dickens' comic
masterpiece about which his biographer, Forster, noted that it marked a
crucial phase in the author's development as he began to delve deeper into
the 'springs of character'. Old Martin Chuzzlewit, tormented by the greed
and selfishness of his family, effectively drives his grandson, young
Martin, to undertake a voyage to America. It is a voyage which will have
crucial consequences not only for young Martin, but also for his
grandfather and his grandfather's servant, Mary Graham with whom young
Martin is in love.
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.
From Our Editors
Charles Dickens delves rather deeply into the heart of his characters in this work that many critics and scholars consider to be his comic masterpiece. The conclusion of the first phase of Dickens` writing career, Martin Chuzzlewit is a tale about an old codger whose rapacious family tortures him. Vexed beyond consolation, he succeeds in driving away his grandson, Martin, who voyages to North America - a trip that has dire consequences for all. This is a story of greed, but ultimately it is a critical look at Victorian society and all of its hypocrisy.