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Martin Chuzzlewit

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ISBN-10: 0199554005

ISBN-13: 9780199554003

Edition: N/A

Authors: Charles Dickens, Margaret Cardwell

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This edition of one of Dickens's earlier novels is based on the accurate Clarendon edition of the text and includes the prefaces to the 1850 and 1867 editions and Dickens's Number Plans.
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Book details

List price: $9.99
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 3/26/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 768
Size: 5.08" wide x 7.72" long x 1.38" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

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.

Margaret Cardwell, Formerly Reader in English at the Queen's University, Belfast. Robert Douglas-Fairhurst, Fellow and Tutor in English, Magdalen College, Oxford.