Little Dorrit

Little Dorrit

Paperback Wordsworth Classics

By (author) Charles Dickens, Introduction and notes by Peter Preston, Illustrated by (Phiz) Hablot K. Browne, Series edited by Dr. Keith Carabine

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  • Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 848 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 194mm x 50mm | 558g
  • Publication date: 1 January 1998
  • Publication City/Country: Herts
  • ISBN 10: 1853261823
  • ISBN 13: 9781853261824
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Sales rank: 11,510

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Little Dorrit is a classic tale of imprisonment, both literal and metaphorical, while Dickens' working title for the novel, Nobody's Fault, highlights its concern with personal responsibility in private and public life. Dickens' childhood experiences inform the vivid scenes in Marshalsea debtor's prison, while his adult perceptions of governmental failures shape his satirical picture of the Circumlocution Office. The novel's range of characters - the honest, the crooked, the selfish and the self-denying - offers a portrait of society about whose values Dickens had profound doubts.

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The book in which Charles Dickens most fully unleashed his indignation at the fallen state of mid-Victorian society. Crammed with persons and incidents in whose recreation nothing is accidental or spurious, containing, in its picture of the Circumlocution Office, the most witheringly exact satire of a bureaucracy we possess.