978-0-14-043512-2 / 0140435123

Nicholas Nickleby (Penguin Classics)

by Dickens, Charles

Publisher:Penguin Classics



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When Nicholas Nickleby is left penniless after his fathers 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.

Nicholass adventures gave Dickens the opportunity to portray a extraordinary gallery of rogues and eccentrics: Wackford Squeers, tyrannical headmaster of Dotheboys Hall, a school for unwanted boys; the slow-witted orphan Smike, rescued by Nicholas; and the gloriously theatrical Mr and Mrs Crummle, and their daughter, the infant phenomenon. Like many of Dickenss novels, Nicholas Nickleby is characterized by his outrage at cruelty and social injustice, but it is also a flamboyantly exuberant work, revealing Dickenss comic genius at its most unerring.

Mark Fords introduction compares Nicholas Nickleby to eighteenth-century picaresque novels, and examines Dickenss criticism of the Yorkshire Schools, his social satire and use of language. This edition also includes the original illustrations by Phiz, a chronology and a list for further reading.

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