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The Old Curiosity Shop: a Tale (Penguin Classics)

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The sensational bestselling story of Little Nell, the beautiful child thrown into a shadowy, terrifying world, seems to belong less to the history of the Victorian novel than to folklore, fairy tale, or myth. The sorrows of Nell and her grandfather are offset by Dickens's creation of a dazzling contemporary world inhabited by some of his most brilliantly drawn characters-the eloquent ne'er-do-well Dick Swiveller; the hungry maid known as the "Marchioness"; the mannish lawyer Sally Brass; Quilp's brow-beaten mother-in-law; and Quilp himself, the lustful, vengeful dwarf, whose demonic energy makes a vivid counterpoint to Nell's purity.

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Described as a "tragedy of sorrows", the tale of Little Nell gripped the nation when it first appeared in 1841. It tells the story of Nell, uprooted from a secure and innocent childhood and cast into a world where evil takes many shapes, including Swiveller, Nubbles and the lecherous dwarf Quilp.

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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.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. xix-xxx).

About the Author

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 fortune in the shape of a legacy brought release from the nightmare of prison and “slave” factories and afforded Dickens the opportunity of two years formal schooling at Wellington House Academy. He worked as an attorneys clerk and newspaper reporter until his Sketches by Boz (1836) and The Pickwick Papers (1837) brought him the amazing and instant success that was to be his for the remainder of his life. In later years, the pressure of serial writing, editorial duties, lectures, and social commitments led to his separation from Catherine Hogarth after twenty-three years of marriage. It also hastened his death at the age of fifty-eight, when he was characteristically engaged in a multitude of work.

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Gold Gato, October 20, 2012 (view all comments by Gold Gato)
This is the only work from Dickens which first hit me via a different media, namely a really poor BBC telly presentation. It was so bad, I stayed away from it and only relented when I realized there were just a few books of Mr. Dickens still waiting for my perusal. Thankfully, the Master wrote better than the BBC could adapt, and I am one happy reader, as usual with my favorite author.

While the characters of Nell (angelic) and Quilp (evil) are too stereotyped for this book to be fully successful, I understand that Dickens was writing for an audience awaiting serialized updates. This explains the sudden disappearance of the Narrator, who re-appears as someone else later. Dickens has his usual treasure trove of characters who seem to materialize with no connection, until you read further and discover the golden threads. And what characters. Whether he is describing a rather independent pony or Miss Brass ("the life and light of law"), Dickens makes every person/animal a familiar initmate.

Meanwhile, the brandy-and-hot-water streak continues. Without fail, every time I pick up a book of Dickens, inevitably I feel the need for that concoction because he always makes me believe I am in a cold, foggy, forbidding location...even when I am sitting in 87 degree weather in sunny California.

Book Season = Winter (always with Dickens)
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780140437423
Editor:
Page, Norman
Author:
Cattermole, George
Editor:
Page, Norman
Author:
Easson, Angus
Author:
Andrews, Malcolm
Author:
Dickens, Charles
Author:
Page, Norman
Author:
Williams, Samuel
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
London
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Girls
Subject:
Gambling
Subject:
England
Subject:
Grandfathers
Subject:
Gamblers
Subject:
Loss (psychology)
Subject:
Antique dealers
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Didactic fiction
Subject:
Loss
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
New ed.
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series:
Penguin Classics
Series Volume:
74
Publication Date:
20010731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
608
Dimensions:
7.68x5.52x1.09 in. .90 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Synopsis" by , Described as a "tragedy of sorrows", the tale of Little Nell gripped the nation when it first appeared in 1841. It tells the story of Nell, uprooted from a secure and innocent childhood and cast into a world where evil takes many shapes, including Swiveller, Nubbles and the lecherous dwarf Quilp.
"Synopsis" by , 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.
"Synopsis" by , Includes bibliographical references (p. xix-xxx).
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