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The Old Curiosity Shop

The Old Curiosity Shop

Paperback Wordsworth Classics

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

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  • Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 608 pages
  • Dimensions: 126mm x 192mm x 36mm | 322g
  • Publication date: 1 January 1998
  • Publication City/Country: Herts
  • ISBN 10: 1853262447
  • ISBN 13: 9781853262449
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Sales rank: 19,323

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The Old Curiosity Shop (1840-41), with its combination of the sentimental, the grotesque and the socially concerned, and its story of pursuit and courage, which sets the downtrodden and the plucky against the malevolent and the villainous, was an immediate popular success. Little Nell quickly became one of Dickens' most celebrated characters, who so captured the imagination of his readers that while the novel was being serialised, many of them wrote to him about her fate. Dickens was conscious of the 'many friends' the novel had won for him, and 'the many hearts it turned to me when they were full of private sorrow', and it remains one of the most familiar and well-loved of his works.

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The Old Curiosity Shop is a story of the road, a genre at which Dickens excelled. Little Nell and her grandfather, pursued relentlessly through England by the evil and loathsome dwarf Quilp, meet a fascinating variety of vividly portrayed characters, including Mrs. Jarley, and Codlin and Short, the Punch and Judy men.