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Martin Chuzzlewit (Penguin Classics)

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Set partly in America, which Dickens had visited in 1842, the novel includes a searing satire on the United States. Martin Chuzzlewit is the story of two Chuzzlewits, Martin and Jonas, who have inherited the characteristic Chuzzlewit selfishness. It contrasts their diverse fates of moral redemption and worldly success for one, with increasingly desperate crime for the other. This powerful black comedy involves hypocrisy, greed and blackmail, as well as the most famous of Dickens's grotesques, Mrs Gamp.

In her introduction to this new Penguin Classics edition, Patricia Ingham discusses how, in writing a story that was only meant to 'recommend goodness and innocence', Dickens succeeded in exploring 'the intertwining of moral sensibility and brutality.'

Synopsis:

A story about the contrasting destinies of two descendants of the brothers Chuzzlewit, both born and bred to the same heritage of selfishness - Martin, by good fortune escapes and Jonas, fatally, does not. The characters include Mrs Gamp, Poll Sweedlepipe, Montague Tiggs and Chevy Slyme.

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.

Patricia Ingham is senior research fellow and reader at St. Anne's College, Oxford. She is the general editor of Thomas Hardy's fiction in Penguin Classics and edited Gaskell's North and South for the series.

Patricia Ingham is senior research fellow and reader at St. Anne's College, Oxford. She is the general editor of Thomas Hardy's fiction in Penguin Classics and edited Gaskell's North and South for the series.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140436143
Editor:
Ingham, Patricia
Author:
Ingham, Patricia
Author:
Dickens, Charles
Author:
Furbank, P. N.
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
London
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
United states
Subject:
British and irish fiction (fictional works by
Subject:
England
Subject:
Travel
Subject:
Adventure stories
Subject:
British
Subject:
Grandfathers
Subject:
Young men
Subject:
Satire
Subject:
Avarice
Subject:
Bildungsromane.
Subject:
Black humor
Subject:
Bildungsromans
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series:
Penguin Classics
Series Volume:
4
Publication Date:
20000831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
864
Dimensions:
7.88x5.06x1.56 in. 1.26 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Synopsis" by , A story about the contrasting destinies of two descendants of the brothers Chuzzlewit, both born and bred to the same heritage of selfishness - Martin, by good fortune escapes and Jonas, fatally, does not. The characters include Mrs Gamp, Poll Sweedlepipe, Montague Tiggs and Chevy Slyme.
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