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The Pickwick Papers: The Nonesuch Dickens Collection (Hardcover)

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NOVEMBER 2013

In Charles Dickens’  first (and, I find, most endearing) book, we follow
the  ludicrous Mr. Pickwick and friends as they ramble  about England
to “observe things” for the club that they are a part of.  Along the way
they meet up  with the quintessential Dickensian array of insane
characters. The format of  having them wandering about without a clear
purpose besides observation really gives Dickens the chance to stretch
his legs comedically. hilarious, even for Dicken, though it is equally
wise. I would not recommend it on that basis alone. It contains some of
his best social commentary, a thing which he became well known for,
mocking a decadent aristocratic class that is just a blown up version of
those we see today.

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— ben

About the Author


Charles Dickens was born on February 7, 1812, in Landport, Portsea, England. He died in Kent on June 9, 1870. The second of eight children of a family continually plagued by debt, the young Dickens came to know not only hunger and privation, but also the horror of the infamous debtors prison and the evils of child labor. A turn of fortune in the shape of a legacy brought release from the nightmare of prison and slave factories and afforded Dickens the opportunity of two years formal schooling at Wellington House Academy. He worked as an attorney s clerk and newspaper reporter until his Sketches by Boz (1836) and The Pickwick Papers (1837) brought him the amazing and instant success that was to be his for the remainder of his life. In later years, the pressure of serial writing, editorial duties, lectures, and social commitments led to his separation from Catherine Hogarth after twenty-three years of marriage. It also hastened his death at the age of fifty-eight, when he was characteristically engaged in a multitude of work."
Product Details
ISBN: 9781590203965
ISBN-10: 1590203968
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
Publication Date: March 21st, 2012
Pages: 928
Language: English

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