The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit
While writing "Martin Chuzzlewit" - his sixth novel - Dickens declared it 'immeasurably the best of my stories.' He was already famous as the author of "The Pickwick Papers" and "Oliver Twist". Set partly in America, which Dickens had visited in 1842, the novel includes a searing satire on the United States. "Martin Chuzzlewit" is the story of two Chuzzlewits, Martin and Jonas, who have inherited the characteristic Chuzzlewit selfishness. It contrasts their diverse fates of moral redemption and worldly success for one, with increasingly desperate crime for the other. This powerful black comedy involves hypocrisy, greed and blackmail, as well as the most famous of Dickens's grotesques, Mrs Gamp.
- Electronic book text
- 08 Feb 2003
- Penguin Books Ltd (Digital)
- United Kingdom
About Charles Dickens
Charles Dickens (1812-70) was a political reporter and journalist whose popularity was established by the phenomenally successful Pickwick Papers (1836-7). His novels captured and held the public imagination over a period of more than thirty years.