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Martin Chuzzlewit

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Publisher Comments:

Martin Chuzzlewit is a comic masterpiece which courted controversy on publication with its scathing portrayal of nineteenth-century America.

Wealthy old Martin Chuzzlewit is surrounded by a host of grasping, unscrupulous relatives and suspects the family vices of selfishness and greed are already showing in his grandson. The younger Martin is therefore cast out upon the world to learn to fend for himself. Apprenticed to the oily hypocrite Peckniff, he meets both the sweet-tempered Tom Pinch and the irrepressible Mark Tapley, with whom he sets forth to America to find his fortune.

Dickens created some of his most gleefully repulsive and enduring characters in this tale of corruption and virtue, murder and unrequited love.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Synopsis:

The last of Dickens's picaresque novels features searing satire of America
 
Long convinced that his family are only after his money, the wealthy but elderly Martin Chuzzlewit takes in an orphaned girl, Mary Graham, to be his nursemaid, promising that she will be well provided for as long as Martin is alive. But when Martin's grandson, young Martin, falls in love with Mary, he is disowned. Cast out, young Martin travels to the American West to build his fortune. However, his journey has unforeseen consequences not only for himself, but also for his grandfather and poor Mary Graham.

About the Author

CHARLES DICKENS was born in Hampshire on February 7, 1812. His father was a clerk in the navy pay office, who was well paid but often ended up in financial troubles. When Dickens was twelve years old he was sent to work in a shoe polish factory because his family had be taken to the debtors' prison. His career as a writer of fiction started in 1833 when his short stories and essays began to appear in periodicals. The Pickwick Papers, his first commercial success, was published in 1836. In the same year he married the daughter of his friend George Hogarth, Catherine Hogarth. The serialisation of Oliver Twist began in 1837 while The Pickwick Papers was still running. Many other novels followed and The Old Curiosity Shop brought Dickens international fame and he became a celebrity in America as well as Britain. He separated from his wife in 1858. Charles Dickens died on 9 June 1870, leaving his last novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, unfinished. He is buried in Westminster Abbey.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780099533450
Publisher:
Random House UK
Subject:
General Fiction
Author:
Dickens, Charles
Author:
Ackroyd, Peter
Author:
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Author:
Dickens, Charle
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20150131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
960
Dimensions:
7 x 5 in 1 lb

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Martin Chuzzlewit
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The last of Dickens's picaresque novels features searing satire of America
 
Long convinced that his family are only after his money, the wealthy but elderly Martin Chuzzlewit takes in an orphaned girl, Mary Graham, to be his nursemaid, promising that she will be well provided for as long as Martin is alive. But when Martin's grandson, young Martin, falls in love with Mary, he is disowned. Cast out, young Martin travels to the American West to build his fortune. However, his journey has unforeseen consequences not only for himself, but also for his grandfather and poor Mary Graham.
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