Sketches of Young Gentlemen and Young Couples: with Sketches of Young Ladies by Edward Caswall

Hardcover | February 9, 2012

byCharles DickensIntroduction byPaul Schlicke

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Following the phenomenal popularity of Sketches by Boz and The Pickwick Papers, Dickens produced two short volumes of Sketches of Young Gentlemen and Young Couples, in response to the appearance of Sketches of Young Ladies by 'Quiz'. Each volume purports to dissect the characteristics offamiliar types such as 'The Bashful Young Gentleman', 'The Literary Young Lady', and 'The Couple who Coddle themselves'. Whimsical, satirical, witty and exuberant, the sketches ridicule the behaviour of their subjects with perfect comic effect, rendering Mr Whiffler, Mrs Chopper and theircompanions instantly recognizable. They offer intriguing glimpses of courtship rituals and relations between the sexes at the outset of the Victorian era, and fascinating evidence of a writer learning his craft and refining his style. This edition includes the original illustrations by Phiz, and an introduction that examines the appeal of the sketch, a literary genre in which Dickens excelled throughout his career.

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Following the phenomenal popularity of Sketches by Boz and The Pickwick Papers, Dickens produced two short volumes of Sketches of Young Gentlemen and Young Couples, in response to the appearance of Sketches of Young Ladies by 'Quiz'. Each volume purports to dissect the characteristics offamiliar types such as 'The Bashful Young Gentle...

Paul Schlicke is editing the Clarendon edition of Sketches by Boz. For Oxford World's Classics he has introduced and annotated Hard Times and Nicholas Nickleby. He was President of the Dickens Society of America in 1994, President of the Dickens Fellowship 2003-5, and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Charles Dickens Museum, ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.01 inPublished:February 9, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199603286

ISBN - 13:9780199603282

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Table of Contents

IntroductionSketches of Young LadiesThe Young Lady who SingsThe Busy Young LadyThe Romantic Young LadyThe Evangelical Young LadyThe Matter-of-Fact Young LadyThe Plain Young LadyThe Literary Young LadyThe Manly Young LadyThe Young Lady who is EngagedThe Stupid Young LadyThe Interesting Young LadyThe Petting Young LadyThe Natural Historian Young LadyThe Indirect Young LadyThe Hyperbolical Young LadyThe Whimsical Young LadyThe Abstemious Young LadyThe Sincere Young LadyThe Affirmative Young LadyThe Clever Young LadyThe Mysterious Young LadyThe Extremely Natural Young LadyThe Lazy Young LadyThe Young Lady from SchoolConclusionSketches of Young GentlemenThe Bashful Young GentlemanThe Out-and-Out Young GentlemanThe Very Friendly Young GentlemanThe Military Young GentlemanThe Political Young GentlemanThe Domestic Young GentlemanThe Censorious Young GentlemanThe Funny Young GentlemanThe Theatrical Young GentlemanThe Poetical Young GentlemanThe "Throwing-off" Young GentlemanThe Young Ladies' Young GentlemanConclusionSketches of Young CouplesThe Young CoupleThe Formal CoupleThe Loving CoupleThe Contradictory CoupleThe Couple who Dote upon their ChildrenThe Cool CoupleThe Plausible CoupleThe Nice Little CoupleThe Egotistical CoupleThe Couple who Coddle themselvesThe Old CoupleConclusion