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Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens
Book DescriptionCharles Dickens' "Sketches by Boz" foreshadows his novels in its profusion of characters, its glimpses of surreal modernity and its limitless fund of pathos and comic invention. This "Penguin Classics" edition is edited with notes and an introduction by Dennis Walder. Published under the pen-name 'Boz', Charles Dickens' first book "Sketches by Boz" (1836) heralded an exciting new voice in English literature. This richly varied collection of observation, fancy and fiction shows the London he knew so intimately at its best and worst - its streets, theatres, inns, pawnshops, law courts, prisons, omnibuses and the river Thames - in honest and visionary descriptions of everyday life and people. Through pen portraits that often anticipate characters from his great novels, we see the condemned man in his prison cell, garrulous matrons, vulgar young clerks and Scrooge-like bachelors, while Dickens' powers for social critique are never far from the surface, in unflinching depictions of the vast metropolis' forgotten citizens, from child workers to prostitutes. A startling mixture of humour and pathos, these Sketches reveal London as wonderful terrain for an extraordinary young writer. In his introduction, Dennis Walder discusses Dickens' social commentary, his view of London and his imaginative mixing of genres, and places the Sketches in the tradition of eighteenth and nineteenth-century reportage. This edition also includes the original illustrations by George Cruickshank, a chronology, further reading, appendices and notes. 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 "Sketches by Boz", you might like Dickens' "The Pickwick Papers", also available in "Penguin Classics".
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780140433456
(198mm x 129mm x 29mm)
Imprint: Penguin Classics
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publish Date: 26-Oct-1995
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Charles Dickens
Select Short Fiction, Paperback (December 2016)
In his shorter fiction, Dickens investigated hitherto unexplored themes and engaged in experiments with narrative techniques. This collection focuses on tales of the supernatural, impressionistic sketches, and dramatic monologues.
Hard Times, Paperback (December 2016)
"An excellent collection of critical and social commentary that will help to make Dickens' image of Victorian England meaningful to all students."-John Howard Wilson, Dakota Wesleyan University
Christmas Carol, Paperback (November 2016)
Miserly Ebenezer Scrooge is visited on Christmas Eve by the three ghosts of Christmas. They show him the joy of Christmas, and wretchedness of his own legacy. Inspired and chastened by what he has seen, Scrooge resolves to change and from then on embraces and promotes the true spirit of Christmas.
Signalman, Paperback (October 2016)» View all books by Charles Dickens
Designed and illustrated by Seth, this reissue breathes new life into a work many consider Dickens' best ghost story.
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Author Biography - Charles Dickens
Charles Dickens (1812-70) was a political reporter and journalist whose popularity was established by the phenomenally successful Pickwick Papers (1836-7). His novels captured and held the public imagination over a period of more than thirty years.
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