Little Dorrit

ISBN-10: 0141439963
ISBN-13: 9780141439969
Edition: 3rd 2003
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Description: When Arthur Clennam returns to England after many years abroad, he takes a kindly interest in Amy Dorrit, his mothers seamstress, and in the affairs of Amys father, William Dorrit, a man of shabby grandeur, long imprisoned for debt in the  More...

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Book details

List price: $12.00
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 1/27/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 1024
Size: 5.50" wide x 7.50" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 1.540
Language: English

When Arthur Clennam returns to England after many years abroad, he takes a kindly interest in Amy Dorrit, his mothers seamstress, and in the affairs of Amys father, William Dorrit, a man of shabby grandeur, long imprisoned for debt in the Marshalsea. As Arthur soon discovers, the dark shadow of the prison stretches far beyond its walls to affect the lives of many, from the kindly Mr. Pancks, the reluctant rent-collector of Bleeding Heart Yard, and the tipsily garrulous Flora Finching, to Merdle, an unscrupulous financier, and the bureaucratic Barnacles in the Circumlocution Office. A masterly evocation of the state and psychology of imprisonment, Little Dorritis one of the supreme works of Dickenss maturity.

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.

Charles Dickens (18121870), born in Portsmouth, England, one of eight children, grew up in poverty and had little formal education, yet became the most prominent and revered of all English Victorian writers as well as a political reporter and journalist.Stephen Wall edited Anthony Trollopes Can You Forgive Her?for Penguin Classics and is a Fellow of Keble College, Oxford.Helen Small is a Fellow of Pembroke College, Oxford.

A Dickens Chronology
Introduction
Further Reading
A Note on the Text
Little Dorrit
The Denouement of Little Dorrit
The Number Plans
The Marshalsea
Map of London
Running Headlines from the 1868 Charles Dickens Edition
Notes

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