Nicholas Nickleby

ISBN-10: 0140435123
ISBN-13: 9780140435122
Edition: 1999
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List price: $10.00
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/1/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 864
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.364
Language: English

'I shall never regret doing as I have - never, if I starve or beg in consequence.'

Charles Dickens, perhaps the best British novelist of the Victorian era, was born in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England on February 7, 1812. His happy early childhood was interrupted when his father was sent to debtors' prison, and young Dickens had to go to work in a factory at age twelve. Later, he took jobs as an office boy and journalist before publishing essays and stories in the 1830s. His first novel, The Pickwick Papers, made him a famous and popular author at the age of twenty-five. Subsequent works were published serially in periodicals and cemented his reputation as a master of colorful characterization, and as a harsh critic of social evils and corrupt institutions. His many books include Oliver Twist, David Copperfield, Bleak House, Great Expectations, Little Dorrit, A Christmas Carol, and A Tale of Two Cities. Dickens married Catherine Hogarth in 1836, and the couple had nine children before separating in 1858 when he began a long affair with Ellen Ternan, a young actress. Despite the scandal, Dickens remained a public figure, appearing often to read his fiction. He died in 1870, leaving his final novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, unfinished.

Mark Ford is a poet and Professor of English at University College London.

Acknowledgements
Introduction
A Chronology Of Charles Dickens
Preface (1839)
Preface (1848)
Introduces All the Rest
Of Mr. Ralph Nickleby, and His Establishment, and His Undertakings. and of a Great Joint Stock Company of Vast National Importance
Mr. Ralph Nickleby Receives Sad Tidings of His Brother, but Bears Up Nobly Against the Intelligence Communicated to Him. The Reader is Informed How He Liked Nicholas, Who is Herein Introduced And How Kindly He Proposed to Make His Fortune at Once
Nicholas and His Uncle (to Secure the Fortune Without Loss of Time)Wait Upon Mr. Wackford Squeers, the Yorkshire Schoolmaster
Nicholas Starts for Yorkshire. of His Leave-Taking and His Fellow-Travellers, and What Befell Them on the Road
In Which the Occurrence of the Accident Mentioned in the Last Chapter, Affords an Opportunity to a Couple of Gentlemen to Tell Stories Against Each Other
Mr. and Mrs. Squeers at Home
Of the Internal Economy of Dotheboys Hall
Of Miss Squeers, Mrs. Squeers, Master Squeers, and Mr. Squeers And of Various Matters and Persons Connected No Less with The Squeerses Than with Nicholas Nickleby
How Mr. Ralph Nickleby Provided for His Niece and Sister-In-Law
Newman Noggs Inducts Mrs. and Miss Nickleby into Their New Dwelling in the City
Whereby the Reader Will Be Enabled to Trace the Further Course Of Miss Fanny Squeers's Love, and to Ascertain Whether It Ran Smooth Or Otherwise
Nicholas Varies the Monotony of Dotheboys Hall by a Most Vigorous and Remarkable Proceeding, Which Leads to Consequences Of Some Importance
Acquaints the Reader with the Cause and Origin of the Interruption Described in the Last Chapter, and with Some Other Matters Necessary to Be Known
Nicholas Seeks to Employ Himself in a New Capacity, and Being Unsuccessful, Accepts an Engagement as Tutor in a Private Family
Follows the Fortunes of Miss Nickleby
Miss Knag, After Doating on Kate Nickleby for Three Whole Days Makes Up Her Mind to Hate Her for Evermore. the Causes Which Lead Miss Knag to Form This Resolution
Descriptive of a Dinner at Mr. Ralph Nickleby's, and of The Manner in Which the Company Entertained Themselves, Before Dinner, at Dinner, and After Dinner
Wherein Nicholas at Length Encounters His Uncle, to Whom He Expresses His Sentiments with Much Candour. His Resolution
Madame Mantalini Finds Herself in a Situation of Some Difficulty And Miss Nickleby Finds Herself in No Situation at All
Nicholas, Accompanied by Smike, Sallies Forth to Seek His Fortune He Encounters Mr. Vincent Crummles; and Who He Was, is Herein Made Manifest
Treats of the Company of Mr. Vincent Crummles, and of His Affairs, Domestic and Theatrical
Of the Great Bespeak for Miss Snevellicci, and the First Appearance Of Nicholas Upon Any Stage
Concerning a Young Lady from London, Who Joins the Company And an Elderly Admirer Who Follows in Her Train; with an Affecting Ceremony Consequent on Their Arrival
Is Fraught with Some Danger to Miss Nickleby's Peace of Mind
Mrs. Nickleby Becomes Acquainted with Messrs. Pyke and Pluck Whose Affection and Interest Are Beyond All Bounds
Miss Nickleby, Rendered Desperate by the Persecution of Sir Mulberry Hawk, and the Complicated Difficulties and Distresses Which Surround Her, Appeals, as a Last Resource, to Her Uncle for Protection
Of the Proceedings of Nicholas, and Certain Internal Divisions In The Company of Mr. Vincent Crummles
Festivities Are Held in Honour of Nicholas, Who Suddenly Withdraws Himself from the Society of Mr. Vincent Crummles and His Theatrical Companions
Of Ralph Nickleby and Newman Noggs, and Some Wise Precautions, the Success or Failure of Which Will Appear in the Sequel
Relating Chiefly to Some Remarkable Conversation, and Some Remarkable Proceedings to Which It Gives Rise
In Which Mr. Ralph Nickleby is Relieved, by a Very Expeditious Process, from All Commerce with His Relations
Wherein Mr. Ralph Nickleby is Visited by Persons with Whom The Reader Has Been Already Made Acquainted
Smike Becomes Known to Mrs. Nickleby and Kate. Nicholas Also Meets with New Acquaintances. Brighter Days Seem to Dawn Upon The Family
Private and Confidential; Relating to Family Matters. Showing How Mr. Kenwigs Underwent Violent Agitation, and How Mrs. Kenwigs Was as Well as Could Be Expected
Nicholas Finds Further Favour in the Eyes of the Brothers Cheeryble And Mr. Timothy Linkinwater. the Brothers Give a Banquet On A Great Annual Occasion. Nicholas, on Returning Home from It Receives a Mysterious and Important Disclosure from the Lips Of Mrs. Nickleby
Comprises Certain Particulars Arising Out of a Visit of Condolence, Which May Prove Important Hereafter. Smike Unexpectedly Encounters a Very Old Friend, Who Invites Him to His House, and Will Take No Denial
In Which Nicholas Falls in Love. He Employs a Mediator, Whose Proceedings Are Crowned with Unexpected Success, Excepting in One Solitary Particular
Containing Some Romantic Passages Between Mrs. Nickleby And The Gentleman in the Small-Clothes Next Door
Illustrative of the Convivial Sentiment, That the Best of Friends Must Sometimes Part
Officiates as a Kind of Gentleman Usher, in Bringing Various People Together
Mr. Ralph Nickleby Cuts an Old Acquaintance. It Would Also Appear from the Contents Hereof, That a Joke, Even Between Husband And Wife, May Be Sometimes Carried Too Far
Containing Matter of a Surprising Kind
Throws Some Light Upon Nicholas's Love; but Whether for Good Or Evil, the Reader Must Determine
Mr. Ralph Nickleby Has Some Confidential Intercourse with Another Old Friend. They Concert Between Them a Project, Which Promises Well for Both
Being for the Benefit of Mr. Vincent Crummles, and Positively His Last Appearance on This Stage
Chronicles the Further Proceedings of the Nickleby Family, and The Sequel of the Adventure of the Gentleman in the Small-Clothes
Involves a Serious Catastrophe
The Project of Mr. Ralph Nickleby and His Friend, Approaching A Successful Issue, Becomes Unexpectedly Known to Another Party Not Admitted into Their Confidence
Nicholas Despairs of Rescuing Madeline Bray, but Plucks Up His Spirits Again, and Determines to Attempt It. Domestic Intelligence Of the Kenwigses and Lillyvicks
Containing the Further Progress of the Plot Contrived by Mr. Ralph Nickleby and Mr. Arthur Gride
The Crisis of the Project and Its Result
Of Family Matters, Cares, Hopes, Disappointments, and Sorrows
Ralph Nickleby, Baffled by His Nephew in His Late Design, Hatches A Scheme of Retaliation Which Accident Suggests to Him, and Takes Into His Counsels a Tried Auxiliary
How Ralph Nickleby's Auxiliary Went About His Work, and How He Prospered with It
In Which One Scene of This History is Closed
The Plots Begin to Fail, and Doubts and Dangers to Disturb The Plotter
The Dangers Thicken, and the Worst is Told
Wherein Nicholas and His Sister Forfeit the Good Opinion of All Worldly and Prudent People
Ralph Makes One Last Appointment--And Keeps It
The Brothers Cheeryble Make Various Declarations for Themselves And Others. Tim Linkinwater Makes a Declaration for Himself
An Old Acquaintance is Recognised Under Melancholy Circumstances And Dotheboys Hall Breaks Up for Ever
Conclusion
The Nickleby 'Proclamation'
Running Headlines for the 1867 Edition
Explanatory Notes
Textual Notes

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