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Little Dorrit (Penguin Classics)

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ISBN13: 9780141439969
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When Arthur Clennam returns to England after many years abroad, he takes a kindly interest in Amy Dorrit, his mother’s seamstress, and in the affairs of Amy’s father, William Dorrit, a man of shabby grandeur, long imprisoned for debt in the Marshalsea. As Arthur soon discovers, the dark shadow of the prison stretches far beyond its walls to affect the lives of many, from the kindly Mr. Pancks, the reluctant rent-collector of Bleeding Heart Yard, and the tipsily garrulous Flora Finching, to Merdle, an unscrupulous financier, and the bureaucratic Barnacles in the Circumlocution Office. A masterly evocation of the state and psychology of imprisonment, Little Dorrit is one of the supreme works of Dickens’s maturity.

  • This revised edition includes expanded notes and updated suggestions for further reading
  • Includes a chronology of Dickens's life and works, original illustrations,  and an Introduction by Stephen Wall examining Dickens's own memories of his father's incarceration in Marshalsea

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Coming to PBS in March 2009-a MasterpieceTM Classic production of Charles Dickens's Little Dorrit

Charles Dickens 's great satire on poverty, riches, and imprisonment, Little Dorrit is the story of Arthur Clennam, a man whose kindly interest in Amy Dorrit, his mother's seamstress, assures him nothing but trouble. Her father, William Dorrit, a man of shabby grandeur, has long been imprisoned for debt in the Marshalsea. A masterly evocation of the state and psychology of imprisonment, Little Dorrit is a supreme work of Dickens's maturity.

About the Author

Charles Dickens (1812–1870), born in Portsmouth, England, one of eight children, grew up in poverty and had little formal education, yet became the most prominent and revered of all English Victorian writers as well as a political reporter and journalist.

Stephen Wall edited Anthony Trollop‛s Can You Forgive Her? for Penguin Classics and is a Fellow of Keble College, Oxford.

Helen Small is a Fellow of Pembroke College, Oxford.

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Eileen Silva, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by Eileen Silva)
At 860 pages “Little Dorrit” is epic in scope, yet Dickens’ mastery of detail and conveying the human condition make this an easy read. The changing circumstances of Amy Dorrit, Arthur Clenham and the myriad of characters with names like Flintwinch and Barnacle in 19th Century England (with travels to France and Italy) echo our current world economy. Imprisonment, of the physical body as well as the mind and heart, is a main theme, but I found the generosity of spirit and tenderness between the main characters most engaging. Will definitely read this book again.
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Stephanie Patterson, March 29, 2009 (view all comments by Stephanie Patterson)
The title character of this Dickens novel is one of his impossibly virtuous young women. But the world she inhabits is anything but permeated with virtue. Her father has been in debtor's prison for many years and she works, without his knowledge, so that he can afford debtor's prison. The world around her will look all too familiar. The most exalted character in the book is Mr Merdle, thought by many to be "the man of the age." If you know the story of Bernard Madoff, Mr Merdle will seem entirely contmeporary. As is true in more than a few Dickens novels, the rogues and eccentrics are the really interesting people here All in all, the perfect book to read now.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780141439969
Editor:
Wall, Stephen
Editor:
Small, Helen
Editor:
Wall, Stephen
Editor:
Small, Helen
Author:
Small, Helen
Author:
Dickens, Charles
Author:
Wall, Stephen
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
London
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
London
Subject:
Fathers and daughters
Subject:
Inheritance and succession
Subject:
Love stories
Subject:
Children of prisoners
Subject:
Debt, Imprisonment for
Subject:
Didactic fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Rev. ed.
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series:
Penguin Classics
Series Volume:
03-002
Publication Date:
20040131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
b/w illustrations throughout
Pages:
928
Dimensions:
7.88x5.08x1.77 in. 1.50 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Coming to PBS in March 2009-a MasterpieceTM Classic production of Charles Dickens's Little Dorrit

Charles Dickens 's great satire on poverty, riches, and imprisonment, Little Dorrit is the story of Arthur Clennam, a man whose kindly interest in Amy Dorrit, his mother's seamstress, assures him nothing but trouble. Her father, William Dorrit, a man of shabby grandeur, has long been imprisoned for debt in the Marshalsea. A masterly evocation of the state and psychology of imprisonment, Little Dorrit is a supreme work of Dickens's maturity.

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