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    Nicholas Nickleby (Penguin Classics) (Paperback) By (author) Charles Dickens, Illustrated by (Phiz) Hablot K. Browne, Read by Michael Siberry, Introduction by Mark Ford

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    DescriptionOne of the touchstones of the English comic novel, the "Penguin Classics" edition of Charles Dickens' "Nicholas Nickleby" is edited with an introduction by Mark Ford. When Nicholas Nickleby is left penniless after his father's death, he appeals to his wealthy uncle to help him find work and to protect his mother and sister. But Ralph Nickleby proves both hard-hearted and unscrupulous, and Nicholas finds himself forced to make his own way in the world. His adventures gave Dickens the opportunity to portray an extraordinary gallery of rogues and eccentrics: Wackford Squeers, the tyrannical headmaster of Dotheboys Hall, a school for unwanted boys, the slow-witted orphan Smike, rescued by Nicholas, the pretentious Mantalinis and the gloriously theatrical Mr and Mrs Crummels and their daughter, the 'infant phenomenon'. Like many of Dickens' novels, "Nicholas Nickleby" is characterised by his outrage at cruelty and social injustice, but it is also a flamboyantly exuberant work, whose loose, haphazard progress harks back to the picaresque novels of Tobias Smollett and Henry Fielding. In his introduction Mark Ford compares "Nicholas Nickleby" to eighteenth-century picaresque novels, and examines Dickens' criticism of the 'Yorkshire schools', his social satire and use of language. This edition includes the original illustrations by 'Phiz', Dickens' original preface to the work, a chronology and a list of further reading. Charles Dickens is one of the best-loved novelists in the English language, whose 200th anniversary was celebrated in 2012. His most famous books, including "Oliver Twist", "Great Expectations", "A Tale of Two Cities", "David Copperfield" and "The Pickwick Papers", have been adapted for stage and screen and read by millions. If you enjoyed "Nicholas Nickleby", you might like Dickens' "David Copperfield", also available in "Penguin Classics". "The novel has everything: an absorbing melodrama, with a supporting cast of heroes, villains and eccentrics, set in a London where vast wealth and desperate poverty live cheek-by-jowl." (Jasper Rees, "The Times").


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    Title
    Nicholas Nickleby
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Charles Dickens, Illustrated by (Phiz) Hablot K. Browne, Read by Michael Siberry, Introduction by Mark Ford
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 864
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 43 mm
    Weight: 635 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780140435122
    ISBN 10: 0140435123
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    LC classification: PR4565.A2 F67 2003
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    Publisher
    Penguin Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    PENGUIN CLASSICS
    Publication date
    23 December 2008
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Charles Dickens (1812-1870) started his career as a writer with the phenomenally successful Pickwick Papers (1836-7). NICHOLAS NICKLEBY appeared in 1838 and was swiftly followed by 'The Old Curiosity Shop' (1840-41). Dickens is considered as one of the greatest novelists in the English language. Mark Ford is currently lecturer at University College, London and writes regularly for the London Review of Books, The Times Literary Supplement and the Guardian.