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Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens
Book DescriptionCharles Dickens's last complete novel, Our Mutual Friend is a glorious satire spanning all levels of Victorian society, edited with an introduction by Adrian Poole in Penguin Classics. Our Mutual Friend centres on an inheritance - Old Harmon's profitable dust heaps - and its legatees, young John Harmon, presumed drowned when a body is pulled out of the River Thames, and kindly dustman Mr Boffin, to whom the fortune defaults. With brilliant satire, Dickens portrays a dark, macabre London, inhabited by such disparate characters as Gaffer Hexam, scavenging the river for corpses; enchanting, mercenary Bella Wilfer; the social-climbing Veneerings; and the unscrupulous street-trader Silas Wegg. The novel is richly symbolic in its vision of death and renewal in a city dominated by the fetid Thames, and the corrupting power of money. Our Mutual Friend uses text of the first volume edition of 1865 and includes original illustrations, a chronology and revised further reading. As Adrian Poole writes in his introduction to this new edition, 'In its vast scope and perilous ambitions it has much in common with Bleak House and Little Dorrit, but its manner is more stealthy, on edge, enigmatic.' Charles Dickens is one of the best-loved novelists in the English language, whose 200th anniversary was celebrated in 2012. His most famous books, including Oliver Twist, Great Expectations, A Tale of Two Cities, David Copperfield and The Pickwick Papers, have been adapted for stage and screen and read by millions. If you enjoyed Our Mutual Friend, you might like Dickens's The Mystery of Edwin Drood, also available in Penguin Classics. 'The great poet of the city. He was created by London' Peter Ackroyd
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780140434972
(198mm x 129mm x 39mm)
Imprint: Penguin Classics
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publish Date: 26-Jun-1997
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Charles Dickens
Our Mutual Friend, Paperback (April 2017)
Mistakenly assumed to have drowned, John Harmon assumes a new identity to get acquainted with the couple next in line for his inheritance and the woman his father's will stipulates he must marry.
Bleak House, Paperback (April 2017)
The beloved storyteller drew upon his own experiences as a law clerk and plaintiff to enliven his satire of the English judicial system, a richly plotted tale of secrets, murder, and mystery.
Great Expectations, Paperback (January 2017)View all books by Charles Dickens
Perhaps Charles Dickens' most famous novel, and a stunning coming of age story featuring young Pip, who goes from rags to riches - but at what cost?
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Author Biography - Charles Dickens
Charles Dickens (1812-70) was a political reporter and journalist whose popularity was established by the phenomenal success of his PICKWICK PAPERS. He held the public imagination over a period of more than thirty years. Adrian Poole is a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge.
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