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Bleak House (Modern Library Classics)by Charles Dickens
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Widely regarded as Dickenss masterpiece, Bleak House centers on the generations-long lawsuit Jarndyce and Jarndyce, through which “whole families have inherited legendary hatreds.” Focusing on Esther Summerson, a ward of John Jarndyce, the novel traces Esthers romantic coming-of-age and, in classic Dickensian style, the gradual revelation of long-buried secrets, all set against the foggy backdrop of the Court of Chancery. Mixing romance, mystery, comedy, and satire, Bleak House limns the suffering caused by the intricate inefficiency of the law.
The text of this Modern Library Paperback Classic was set from the first single-volume edition, published by Bradbury & Evans in 1853, and reproduces thirty-nine of H. K. Brownes original illustrations for the book.
Dickens's most complex novel, mixing romance, mystery, comedy, and satire. In brilliant detail, Bleak House limns the suffering caused by the inefficiency of the law. Taken from the 1853 single-volume Bradbury and Evans edition, this edition includes newly commisioned notes and thirty-nine illustrations by H. K. Browne.
About the Author
Mary Gaitskill is the author of a novel, Two Girls, Fat and Thin, and two collections of stories, Bad Behavior and Because They Wanted To. She lives in New York.
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