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    Bleak House (Wadsworth Collection) (Paperback) By (author) Charles Dickens, Introduction and notes by Doreen Roberts, Illustrated by (Phiz) Hablot K. Browne, Series edited by Dr. Keith Carabine

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    DescriptionBleak House is one of Dickens' finest achievements, establishing his reputation as a serious and mature novelist, as well as a brilliant comic writer. It is at once a complex mystery story that fully engages the reader in the work of detection, and an unforgettable indictment of an indifferent society. Its representations of a great city's underworld, and of the law's corruption and delay, draw upon the author's personal knowledge and experience. But it is his symbolic art that projects these things in a vision that embraces black comedy, cosmic farce, and tragic ruin. In a unique creative experiment, Dickens divides the narrative between his heroine, Esther Summerson, who is psychologically interesting in her own right, and an unnamed narrator whose perspective both complements and challenges hers.


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    Title
    Bleak House
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Charles Dickens, Introduction and notes by Doreen Roberts, Illustrated by (Phiz) Hablot K. Browne, Series edited by Dr. Keith Carabine
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 800
    Width: 126 mm
    Height: 194 mm
    Thickness: 46 mm
    Weight: 481 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781853260827
    ISBN 10: 1853260827
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    BIC E4L: CLA
    B&T Book Type: FI
    BIC subject category V2: FC
    DC21: 823.8
    DC22: FIC
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21110
    BISAC V2.8: FIC004000
    Ingram Subject Code: LC
    Libri: I-LC
    B&T General Subject: 500
    DC22: 823/.8
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 62
    LC classification: PR4556 .A1 1997
    BISAC region code: 1.1.2.2.0.0.0
    Thema V1.0: FBC
    Edition
    New edition
    Edition statement
    New edition
    Publisher
    Wordsworth Editions Ltd
    Imprint name
    Wordsworth Editions Ltd
    Publication date
    01 August 1997
    Publication City/Country
    Herts
    Back cover copy
    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.