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Nicholas Nickleby (1839)

by Charles Dickens

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The most gorgeously theatrical of all Dickens's novels, Nicholas Nickleby follows the delightful adventures of a hearty young hero in nineteenth-century England. Nicholas, a gentleman's son fallen upon hard times, must set out to make his way in the world. His journey is accompanied by some of the most swaggering scoundrels and unforgettable eccentrics in Dickens's pantheon. From the dungeon-like Yorkshire boys' boarding school run by the cruel Wackford Squeers to the high-spirited stage of Vincent Crummles's extraordinary acting troupe, Nicholas Nickleby is a triumph of the imagination, bursting with color, humor, and poignant social commentary.… (more)
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A compelling read with many intriguing characters, both good and evil. As with many Dickens novels the author tends to become a bit verbose, but don't give these wanderings short shrift or you may miss some telling satire or other profound offerings. Classic Dickens. Very good. ( )
  282Mikado | Apr 13, 2022 |
An early novel, this melodramatic tale of young Nickleby’s adventures as he struggles to seek his fortune in Victorian England resembles The Pickwick Papers in structure, although not always in tone. Throughout, comic events are interspersed with Dickens’s moving indictment of society’s ill treatment of children and the cruelty of the educational system. ( )
  Marcos_Augusto | Jan 20, 2022 |
Exquisite illustrations. ( )
  Brightman | Nov 26, 2021 |
Another great classic from Charles Dickens. One family’s hardship after their father had pass away and they ask for the help from their uncle. ( )
  caanderson | Oct 31, 2021 |
Here's what I wrote after reading in 1984: "Undoubtedly a Dickens! Nicholas Nickleby, the young hero, and his beautiful and refined sister, Kate, face a myriad of evil and comic characters as they move from mourning the death of their father to the joy of love and marriage. Most memorable characters: 1) Wackford Squeers, the sadistic and downright miserly Yorkshire schoolmaster, 2) Mrs. Nickleby, with her amazing ability to partially recall details of the past - how was it that a summer's day reminded her of a roast?" ( )
  MGADMJK | Oct 28, 2021 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Dickens, Charlesprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Browne, Hablot KnightIllustratormain authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ford, MarkContributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jennings, AlexNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Knox, Christina F.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Maclise, DanielCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Meyrinck, GustavTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nicholson, MilNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Parker, DavidEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Schlicke, PaulEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Slater, MichaelIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Thorndike, Dame SybilIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Vance, SimonNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Everyman, I will go with thee, and be thy guide,
In thy most need to go by thy side.
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There once lived, in a sequestered part of the county of Devonshire, one Mr Godfrey Nickleby: a worthy gentleman, who, taking it into his head rather late in life that he must get married, and not being young enough or rich enough to aspire to the hand of a lady of fortune, had wedded an old flame out of mere attachment, who in her turn had taken him for the same reason.
[Introduction] When Dickens started writing Nicholas Nickleby on 6 February 1838 -- the day before his twenty-sixth birthday -- he was riding the crest of a wave.
[G. K. Chesterton Introduction] Romance is perhaps the highest point of human expression, except indeed religion to which it is closely allied.
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The most gorgeously theatrical of all Dickens's novels, Nicholas Nickleby follows the delightful adventures of a hearty young hero in nineteenth-century England. Nicholas, a gentleman's son fallen upon hard times, must set out to make his way in the world. His journey is accompanied by some of the most swaggering scoundrels and unforgettable eccentrics in Dickens's pantheon. From the dungeon-like Yorkshire boys' boarding school run by the cruel Wackford Squeers to the high-spirited stage of Vincent Crummles's extraordinary acting troupe, Nicholas Nickleby is a triumph of the imagination, bursting with color, humor, and poignant social commentary.

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Penguin Australia

2 editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.

Editions: 0140435123, 0141199814

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