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Bleak House

By (author) Charles Dickens , Volume editor Stephen Gill

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Bleak House, Dickens's most daring experiment in the narration of a complex plot, challenges the reader to make connections - -between the fashionable and the outcast, the beautiful and the ugly, the powerful and the victims. Nowhere in Dickens's later novels is his attack on an uncaring society more imaginatively embodied, but nowhere either is the mixture of comedy and angry satire more deftly managed. Bleak House defies a single description. It is a mystery story, in which Esther Summerson discovers the truth about her birth and her unknown mother's tragic life. It is a murder story, which comes to a climax in a thrilling chase, led by one of the earliest detectives in English fiction, Inspector Bucket. And it is a fable about redemption, in which a bleak house is transformed by the resilience of human love. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

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  • Paperback | 992 pages
  • 129.54 x 190.5 x 45.72mm | 635.03g
  • 23 Dec 2008
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford
  • English
  • frontispiece, original illustrations by 'Phiz', 2 maps
  • 0199536317
  • 9780199536313
  • 75,041

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Author Information

Stephen Gill is Reader in English Literature at Oxford University and Fellow and Tutor at Lincoln College.

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... the novel is undeniably significant in the history of crime fiction. Lucy Worsley, Huffington Post Books

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