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The Old Curiosity Shop (Everyman's Library)

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Charles Dickens’s story of selfless Little Nell and her ailing grandfather and their persecution by the magnificently malignant villain Quilp has seized the imaginations and wrung the hearts of generations of readers.

Dickens’s talent was superabundant in every way: in his dramatic force and his massive productivity, in his almost surreal comic power, in his compassion and thirst for justice, and in the imaginative pressure he brought to bear on even the most incidental of his characters. The delightfully various figures in The Old Curiosity Shop range memorably from jaunty Dick Swiveller and his little half-starved Marchioness to the hard-hearted siblings Sampson and Sally Brass, jovial Mrs. Jarley, devoted Kit Nubbles, the hunchbacked Daniel Quilp, and, of course, tragic Little Nell herself. Dickens’s depiction of the fate of his main characters is famously harrowing and unfailingly suspenseful, but not the least of its charms is that it is embellished with a supporting cast of figures as grotesque and colorful as anything in the Old Curiosity Shop itself.

This edition reprints the original Everyman preface by G. K. Chesterton and features forty illustrations by Phiz.

With an introduction by Peter Washington

Synopsis:

The Old Curiosity Shop (1841), with its awesomely malignant villain, Quilp, and its harrowing depiction of the fate of his victims, Little Nell and her grandfather, was for its initial Victorian readership--and remains for us today--a richly representative example of his genius.

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(Book Jacket Status: Not Jacketed)Introduction by Peter Washington

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Introduction by Peter Washington

Product Details

ISBN:
9780679443735
Introduction:
Washington, Peter
Author:
Washington, Peter
Author:
Dickens, Charles
Publisher:
Everyman's Library
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Gambling
Subject:
England
Subject:
Gambling -- England -- Fiction.
Subject:
Didactic fiction
Subject:
England Social life and customs.
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.
Series:
Everyman's Library Classics & Contemporary Classics
Series Volume:
209
Publication Date:
19950831
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
624
Dimensions:
8.36x5.30x1.61 in. 1.65 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , The Old Curiosity Shop (1841), with its awesomely malignant villain, Quilp, and its harrowing depiction of the fate of his victims, Little Nell and her grandfather, was for its initial Victorian readership--and remains for us today--a richly representative example of his genius.
"Synopsis" by , (Book Jacket Status: Not Jacketed)Introduction by Peter Washington
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