The Old Curiosity Shop

The Old Curiosity Shop

With the Original Illustrations

Book - 2008
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Overview: A bestseller that gripped the nation when it was first published, The Old Curiosity Shop is a novel of sharp contrasts: of life and death, youth and age, desire and innocence, humour and villainy. For the character of Little Nell, the beautiful child thrown into a shadowy, terrifying world, Dickens drew on a tragedy in his own life, the death at the age of seventeen of his sister-in-law Mary Hogarth. Five years later he wrote, 'the desire to be buried next her is as strong upon me now ... and I know (for I don't think there ever was love like that I bear her) that it will never diminish.' The sorrows of Nell and her grandfather are offset by Dickens's creation of a dazzling contemporary world inhabited by some of his most brilliantly drawn characters -- the eloquent ne'er-do-well Dick Swiveller; the hungry maid known as the 'Marchioness'; the mannish lawyer Sally Brass; Quilp's brow-beaten mother-in-law, and Quilp himself, the lustful, vengeful dwarf, whose demonic energy makes a vivid counterpoint to Nell's purity.
Publisher: Oxford, England ; New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2008], 1998
ISBN: 9780199538232
0199538239
9780192829245
0192829246
Branch Call Number: DICKENS C
Characteristics: xxxix, 619 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Brennan, Elizabeth M.

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brittanyrabbits
Jul 25, 2011

This is on my summer reading list, looks like a very classic story. Can't wait to see what it all entails, you can't go wrong with Dickens!

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