The sad fate of Little Nell has captured the hearts of millions of readers. Doing everything he can to ensure his granddaughter doesn't die in poverty like her parents did, Nell's grandfather succumbs to the temptation to gamble. Using The Old Curiosity Shop as collateral, when he's unable to pay his debts, the pain becomes too much to bear, and he loses his mental stability. Nell takes her grandfather and sets out wandering to become beggars, slowly losing her health - - but never her grace, charm, and fortitude - -along the way.
The Nonesuch edition contains full-color illustrations selected by Dickens himself, by artists including Hablot Knight Browne ("Phiz"), George Cruikshank, John Leech, Robert Seymour, and George Cattermole. The Nonesuch Dickens books are printed on natural cream-shade high quality stock, quarter bound in bonded leather with cloth sides, include a ribbon marker, and feature special printed endpapers. Each volume is wrapped in a protective, clear acetate jacket. 624 pages, hardcover.
The third set of titles in the essential collector's Dickens are finally available. The texts are taken from the 1867 Chapman and Hall edition, which became known as the Charles Dickens edition, the last edition edited by the author himself. The Nonesuch edition contains illustrations selected by Dickens, by artists including Hablot Knight Browne, George Cruikshank, John Leech, Robert Seymour and George Cattermole.
The new Nonesuch Dickens reproduces the original elegance of these beautiful editions. The books are printed on natural cream-shade high quality stock, are quarter bound in bonded leather with cloth sides, include a ribbon marker and features special printed endpapers. Each volume is wrapped in a protective, clear acetate jacket.
The Old Curiosity Shop tells the tragic story of Little Nell.
Charles Dickens was born on February 7, 1812, in Landport, Portsea, England. He died in Kent on June 9, 1870. The second of eight children of a family continually plagued by debt, the young Dickens came to know not only hunger and privation,but also the horror of the infamous debtors’ prison and the evils of child labor. A turn of fortune in the shape of a legacy brought release from the nightmare of prison and “slave” factories and afforded Dickens the opportunity of two years’ formal schooling at Wellington House Academy. He worked as an attorney’s clerk and newspaper reporter until his Sketches by Boz (1836) and The Pickwick Papers (1837) brought him the amazing and instant success that was to be his for the remainder of his life. In later years, the pressure of serial writing, editorial duties, lectures, and social commitments led to his separation from Catherine Hogarth after twenty-three years of marriage. It also hastened his death at the age of fifty-eight, when he was characteristically engaged in a multitude of work.
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