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Bleak House (Signet Classics)

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Publisher Comments:

Considered one of Dickens's greatest works, "Bleak House" scathingly portrays his belief: "The one great principle of the English law is to make business for itself." Peopled with both comic and tragic characters, including one of literature's first detectives, this classic celebrates the 150th anniversary of its first publication. Original.

Synopsis:

In the fog of London, lawyers enrich themselves with endless litigation over a dwindling inheritance. A sterling example of Dickens's genius for character, dramatic construction, and social satire, this novel was hailed by Edmund Wilson as a "masterpiece".

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.

Michael Slater is an emeritus professor at Birkbeck College, London, and past president of the Dickens Fellowship and the Dickens Society of America.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780451528698
Afterword:
McCracken, Elizabeth
Author:
McCracken, Elizabeth
Author:
Slater, Michael
Author:
Dickens, Charles
Publisher:
Signet Classics
Location:
New York
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
London
Subject:
Young women
Subject:
Inheritance and succession
Subject:
Legal stories
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Guardian and ward
Subject:
Illegitimate children
Subject:
Bildungsromans
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Number:
150
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Series:
Signet Classics (Paperback)
Series Volume:
65
Publication Date:
20110405
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
960
Dimensions:
6.84 x 4.48 x 1.57 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 18

Related Subjects

Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z

Bleak House (Signet Classics)
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In the fog of London, lawyers enrich themselves with endless litigation over a dwindling inheritance. A sterling example of Dickens's genius for character, dramatic construction, and social satire, this novel was hailed by Edmund Wilson as a "masterpiece".

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