Our Mutual Friend by Charles DickensOur Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens

Our Mutual Friend

byCharles DickensEditorMichael Cotsell

Paperback | December 13, 2008


Following his father's death John Harmon returns to London to claim his inheritance, but he finds he is eligible only if he marries Bella Wilfur. To observe her character he assumes another identity and secures work with his father's foreman, Mr Boffin, who is also Bella's guardian. Disguise and concealment play an important role in the novel and individual identity is examined within the wider setting of London life: in the 1860s the city was aflame with spiralling financial speculation while thousands of homeless scratched a living from the detritus of the morefortunate-indeed John Harmon's father has amassed his wealth by recycling waste. This edition includes extensive explanatory notes and significant manuscript variants.
Charles Dickens (1812-70) is one of England's greatest novelists. Born into a poor family (his father was once imprisoned for debt), Dickens became both rich and famous in his lifetime.
Title:Our Mutual FriendFormat:PaperbackDimensions:880 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 1.57 inPublished:December 13, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199536252

ISBN - 13:9780199536252

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best What an enchanting story! What characters! This is Dickens at his best! There are characters who make their living going through garbage heaps and dredging the Thames River to collect the reward on missing persons. Not to mention the lovely Jenny Wren, a crippled entrepreneur who makes her living sewing dresses for dolls. Many of Dickens's earlier characters are...well, insulting to women and disabled people. Jenny Wren almost atones for these mistakes.
Date published: 2017-03-27