Martin Chuzzlewit - Wordsworth Classics (Paperback)
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Martin Chuzzlewit - Wordsworth Classics (Paperback)

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Paperback Published: 05/06/1994
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With an Introduction and Notes by Dr John Bowen, Department of English, University of Keele.


Illustrations by Hablot K. Browne (Phiz).


Martin Chuzzlewit is Charles Dickens' comic masterpiece about which his biographer, Forster, noted that it marked a crucial phase in the author's development as he began to delve deeper into the 'springs of character'.


Old Martin Chuzzlewit, tormented by the greed and selfishness of his family, effectively drives his grandson, young Martin, to undertake a voyage to America. It is a voyage which will have crucial consequences not only for young Martin, but also for his grandfather and his grandfather's servant, Mary Graham with whom young Martin is in love. The commercial swindle of the Anglo-Bengalee company and the fraudulent Eden Land Corporation have a topicality in our own time.


This strong sub-plot shows evidence of Dickens' mastery of crime where characters such as the criminal Jonas Chuzzlewit, the old nurse Mrs Gamp, and the arch-hypocrite Seth Pecksniff are the equal to any in his other great novels. Generations of readers have also delighted in Dickens' wonderful description of the London boarding-house - 'Todgers'.

Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd
ISBN: 9781853262050
Weight: 509 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 41 mm

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“One of the best by Dickens”

To my mind this is one of Dickens' best books. It is all about hypocrisy in all its forms and Pecksniff is the ultimate manifestation of this. As with most of his work, the antagonists get the best lines and are... More

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“The Funniest Dickens”

For me this is Dickens comic masterpiece. Two of his great grotesques, Pecksniff and Sairy Gamp run riot over the entire book, full of ghastly intentions. It's a joy to read - even the American section which was... More

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“Family Tensions”

This book is lauded as a comedy masterpiece and it certainly has its amusing parts and comical characters.

The Martin Chuzzlewit of the title could be either “old” grandfather Martin or his grandson “young” Martin.... More

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