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The Trial of Bardell v. Pickwick

by Charles Dickens

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This is the first complete abstracting of this trial since publication of 'The Pickwick Papers' in 1836. Dean Prosser and Ephraim London limited themselves to chapter 34 in their collection of masterpieces of legal literature. But without the origin of the base, Pickwick's dealings with his solicitor and Mrs Bardell's firm of Dodson and Fogg, the aftermath of the case, debtor's prison and the denouement, one is denies the fill deliciousness of the case. it is like reading Dickens' 'Christmas Carol' without the ghosts. An index of annotations to the base, the cast of characters, Dickens major books, the lawyers of Dickens, notations to authorities such as Robert Coles and William Holdsworth, and references to major characters in Dickens novels is also included. For many, this will be a first introduction to Charles Dickens and its shortness and sweetness may lead to a lifelong interest in his works. For law students, it provides insight into the legal profession and trial practice that they will get nowhere else. For law professors and practitioners, it provides entertainment and a source for citation in their teaching and practice.… (more)
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This is the first complete abstracting of this trial since publication of 'The Pickwick Papers' in 1836. Dean Prosser and Ephraim London limited themselves to chapter 34 in their collection of masterpieces of legal literature. But without the origin of the base, Pickwick's dealings with his solicitor and Mrs Bardell's firm of Dodson and Fogg, the aftermath of the case, debtor's prison and the denouement, one is denies the fill deliciousness of the case. it is like reading Dickens' 'Christmas Carol' without the ghosts. An index of annotations to the base, the cast of characters, Dickens major books, the lawyers of Dickens, notations to authorities such as Robert Coles and William Holdsworth, and references to major characters in Dickens novels is also included. For many, this will be a first introduction to Charles Dickens and its shortness and sweetness may lead to a lifelong interest in his works. For law students, it provides insight into the legal profession and trial practice that they will get nowhere else. For law professors and practitioners, it provides entertainment and a source for citation in their teaching and practice.

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