Charles Dickens

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  • Dombey is a proud, stern and unfeeling man obsessed with his son so that his shipping firm may one day bear the name 'Dombey and Son".  This single-minded ambition, granted then cruelly taken away leads Dombey through tragedy, bitterness and separation from his staunch daughter Florence and others who he has wronged and who have endeavoured to love him.
  • Pip Pirrip is chosen as a companion to Estelle, the eccentric Miss Havisham's adopted niece. Long after he helps escaped convict Magwitch, Pip finds himself elevated very suddenly from blacksmith's apprentice to a young man of means, with an education in view and  with no clue as to who his mysterious benefactor is.  Filled with wonderful Dickens characters:  Joe Gadgery, the mad Miss Havisham, the sinister Magwitch, the perpetually upbeat Samuel Pockets and Samuel's equally upbeat Aged Parent. Plain cover edition that contains the two endings that Dickens had determined for Pip.
  • This Dickens offering is not set in London, but in the imaginary Northern Industrial town of Coketown - a place of blackened factories, downtrodden workers and a polluted environment, the soulless domain of the strict Thomas Gradgrind and heartless factory owner Josiah Bounderby.  However, there is always Mr. Sleary's Horse-Riding Circus to lighten things up - a gin-soaked and hilarious troupe of open-hearted and affectionate people who are the antidote to the drudgery and misery of Coketown.  Attacked for its 'sullen socialism', it is now regarded as Dickens' most important statement on Victorian society.
  • On of Dickens' classics written to rouse society to the sufferings of the poor and the Government's ineptness to do anything practical to help those who had no choice but the grim workhouse.  It also illustrates the complete lack of feeling toward the poor, and the corruption that was rife in a mean welfare system that actually made things worse, not better. Oliver's mother dies while bringing him into the world; and the sensitive boy is buffeted from the horrific workhouse to being sold to an undertaker and thence into the foul slums of London. He naively falls in with the Artful Dodger and the evil Fagin, fencer of stolen goods and schooler of children in the art of thievery. There is the vicious Bill Sikes and his pathetic lover Nancy, who is kind to Oliver; Mr Bumble the bullying beadle, Mrs Sowerberry and a whole raft of other vivid Dickensian characters. Oliver's story is unforgettable. Cover art by Seymour Chwast.
  • Little Nell Trent lives in the quiet gloom of the old curiosity shop with her ailing grandfather, for whom she cares with selfless devotion. But when they are unable to pay their debts to the stunted, lecherous and demonic money-lender Daniel Quilp, the shop is seized and they are forced to flee, thrown into a shadowy world in which there seems to be no safe haven. Dickens's portrayal of the innocent, tragic Nell made The Old Curiosity Shop an instant bestseller that captured the hearts of the nation, even as it was criticised for its sentimentality by figures such as Oscar Wilde. Yet alongside the story's pathos are some of Dickens's greatest comic and grotesque creations: the ne'er-do-well Dick Swiveller, the mannish lawyer Sally Brass, the half-starved 'Marchioness' and the lustful, loathsome Quilp himself. Colour plates.

  • Little Nell Trent lives in the quiet gloom of the old curiosity shop with her ailing grandfather, for whom she cares with selfless devotion. But when they are unable to pay their debts to the stunted, lecherous and demonic money-lender Daniel Quilp, the shop is seized and they are forced to flee, thrown into a shadowy world in which there seems to be no safe haven. Dickens's portrayal of the innocent, tragic Nell made The Old Curiosity Shop an instant bestseller that captured the hearts of the nation, even as it was criticised for its sentimentality by figures such as Oscar Wilde. Yet alongside the story's pathos are some of Dickens's greatest comic and grotesque creations: the ne'er-do-well Dick Swiveller, the mannish lawyer Sally Brass, the half-starved 'Marchioness' and the lustful, loathsome Quilp himself. With black and white illustrations from the 1897 edition.