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Dickens' genius for creating eccentric yet entirely captivating characters found its fullest expression in his third novel Nicholas Nickleby published in 1839 The ebullient narrative follows Nicholas as he escapes from the influence of his villainous uncle and the wicked schoolmaster Wackford Sueers stumbles into a theatrical career and pursues his fortune through numerous adventures This Nonesuch edition features the author's final text and the illustrations Dickens himself selected to complement his wordsThe Legendary Nonesuch Dickens issued in the. The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby Charles DickensThe novel centers on the life and adventures of Nicholas Nickleby a young man who must support his mother and sister after his father dies Nicholas Nickleby s father dies unexpectedly after losing all of his money in a poor investment Nicholas his mother and his younger sister Kate are forced to give up their comfortable lifestyle in Devonshire and travel to London to seek the aid of their only relative Nicholas s uncle Ralph Nickleby Ralph a cold and ruthless businessman has no desire to help his destitute relations and hates Nicholas who reminds him of his dead brother on sight He gets Nicholas a low paying job as an assistant to Wackford Sueers who runs the school Dotheboys Hall in Yorkshire Nicholas is initially wary of Sueers a very unpleasant man with one eye because he is gruff and violent towards his young charges but he tries to uell his suspicions As Nicholas boards the stagecoach for Greta Bridge he is handed a letter by Ralph s clerk Newman Noggs A once wealthy businessman Noggs lost his fortune became a drunk and had no other recourse but to seek employment with Ralph whom he loathes The letter expresses concern for him as an innocent young man and offers assistance if Nicholas ever reuires it Once he arrives in Yorkshire Nicholas comes to realise that Sueers is running a scam he takes in unwanted children most of whom are illegitimate crippled or deformed for a high fee and starves and mistreats them while using the money sent by their parents who only want to get them out of their way to pad his own pockets Sueers and his monstrous wife whip and beat the children regularly while spoiling their own son Lessons are no better they show how poorly educated Sueers himself is and he uses the lessons as excuses to send the boys off on chores While he is there Nicholas befriends a simple boy named Smike who is older than the other students and now acts as an unpaid servant Nicholas attracts the attention of Fanny Sueers his employer s plain and shrewish daughter who deludes herself into thinking that Nicholas is in love with her She attempts to disclose her affections during a game of cards but Nicholas doesn t catch her meaning Instead he ends up flirting with her friend Tilda Price to the consternation of both Fanny and Tilda s friendly but crude mannered fianc John Browdie After being accosted by Fanny again Nicholas bluntly tells her he does not return her affections and wishes to be free of the horrible atmosphere of Dotheboys Hall earning her enmity 2010 1376 116 964471301 19 1388 137 9789643695255 1380 139 9649301011

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1930s presented the writing of the foremost English novelist in its most distinguished format Upon its original publication the set was hailed as one of the most glorious publishing achievements of our time Now the peerless Nonesuch standards have been revived in new editions of Dickens' most beloved works introducing a new generation of readers to these masterpieces of literature illustration and book designThe Nonesuch Press was founded in London by Francis Meynell in 1923 Applying the refinement and expertise of the private press aesthetic to comme. Was there ever a novelist with a bigger heart than Charles Dickens This is the sixth Dickens book I ve read including the novella A Christmas Carol And like most of his other works it s expansive bursting with all manner of incident and life Some of that life mind you goes ON AND ON And a few scenes about social gracesmanners might need explaining to a contemporary reader But the overall effect if you ignore the repetition is absorbing and very satisfying Just as we binge watch the latest Netflix or Hulu series I can imagine Victorian readers binge reading the installments of this novel as they were published in the late 1830sAfter his father dies Nicholas his sister Kate and their mother are left penniless and at the mercy of the father s brother Ralph a miserly moneylender who s clearly possibly an early model for Ebenezer ScroogeRalph who hated his brother promptly separates the family and does the absolute minimum for his poor relations he sends Nicholas off to work in Yorkshire as an assistant to the loathsome Wackford Sueers who runs an abusive sham of a school for boys he sends Kate and her mother to live in a slum and arranges for Kate to work for a milliner Madame Mantalini and her no good hanger on husband Soon Nicholas and Ralph have a huge falling out and the family is cut off from any financial aid How will they survive What follows is an episodic narrative that includes forays into the theatre world no doubt drawing on Dickens s own experiences as an actor several businesses and shadowy corners of London lowlife This being a Dickens novel there are lots of coincidences some broad caricatures and a heavy social conscience especially around the plight of the poor and helpless Oddly enough while Nicholas and Kate Nickleby are thinly drawn goody goody characters their chattering mother leaps off the page with her humorous conjectures and genteel pronouncements Ralph and Sueers make fascinating contrasting villainsOther memorable characters include Ralph s clerk Newman Noggs who takes a shine to the Nicklebys Lord Frederick Verisopht say the surname aloud and Sir Mulberry Hawk two of Ralph s slimy business associates Miss La Creevy a miniature portrait painter all of the lively actors involved in the travelling theatre troupe run by Vincent Crummles John Browdie a simple but warm hearted Yorkshireman who might bring to mind Great Expectations Joe Gargery And then there s the pathetic friendless sad sack Smike whom Nicholas meets and befriends at Sueers school He s one of those idealized sentimentalized characters found only in Dickens novels It s a little unfair to judge an early Dickens novel his third written when he was in his 20s against his later works particularly masterpieces like David Copperfield and Great Expectations These later books were carefully structured and I don t recall sighing and wanting to get through any passages the way I did with this book There s one story within a story set in a tavern that practically stops the novel in its tracksBut even though I pretty much knew where the novel was going I d seen the two part stage adaptation years ago Dickens still made me laugh cry and gasp at certain passages More than most major English novelists except perhaps DH Lawrence Dickens was familiar with poverty and the lower classes and that gave him lots of knowledge about the human condition the vanity fair that makes up life now and nearly 200 years ago

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Rcial publishing Nonesuch books were among the most elegant and treasured volumes produced in the first half of the twentieth century The fabled Nonesuch Dickens was the Press' most ambitious project treasured both for its uality and its rarity only 877 twenty four volume sets were issued and complete original sets have sold recently at auction for than 30000Employing modern printing technology seven decades later each book in the revived Nonesuch Dickens replicates the enduring editorial and design excellence of its inspiration at an affordable price. When the name of the cruel schoolmaster is Wackford Sueers you just know it s going to be good Nicholas himself can sometimes be a bit prissy but this serves well as a foil for the many extreme characters that surround him and he s a lot feisty than the relatively miluetoast David Copperfield This is classic Dickens at the height of his powers My generic comment about Charles DickensFirst of all although I am a partisan of Dickens writing and have read and relished most his works I concede to three flaws in his oeuvre that are not insignificant First while he seemed to develop an almost endless variety of male social types his female characters are much less well developed Second although he portrayed the stark brutality of economic and class ineuality with unparalleled clarity his diagnosis of what needs to be done is flaccidly liberal suggesting that the wealthy should simply be nicer and generous to the pooryet his writings did propitiate structural changes eg to the Poor Laws in his lifetime Third in tying up the loose threads of his extremely complex plots he often pushes this reader past the boundary of the reasonable suspension of disbelief Some readers also object to his sentimentalism or to his grotesue characters but I find these extremes create a dynamism in combination with his social criticism These caveats aside I deeply enjoy reading Dickens for a number of reasons He exhibits stratospheric gifts of imagination in portraying extremes of human character in extreme situations His idiosyncratic characters each have an unmistakable and unforgettable voice His highly crafted language is endlessly inventive and evocative Finally he created a parade of some of the funniest evilest and most pathetic characters one will ever encounter and although extreme they also ring true to euivalent characters from any time


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  1. says:

    Peter Ackroyd in his ground breaking biography of Charles Dickens says that Nicholas Nickleby is perhaps the funn

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    Reading Dickens is like taking a deep breath of air feeling life in its most vivid formBeing completely faithless and illoyal I will now dump all previous Dickens novels and claim with brutal inconsistency that

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    The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby Charles DickensThe novel centers on the life and adventures of Nicholas Nickleby a young

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    The third book of Charles Dickens Nicholas Nickleby has some marked differences from the other Dickens books I've

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    Was there ever a novelist with a bigger heart than Charles Dickens? This is the sixth Dickens book I’ve read including the novella A Christmas Carol And like most of his other works it’s expansive bursting with all manner of incident and life Some of that life mind you goes ON AND ON And a few scenes about social gracesmanners might need explaining to a contemporary reader But the overall effect if you ignore the rep

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    No dark sarcasm in the classroom If you don't eat your meat you can't have any puddingPink Floyd Another Brick in the Wall Pt 2I delight in Dickens' class humorsocial satire and irony Nicholas Nickleby was his third novel right after Oliver Twist This novel is lighter than Twist but nearly as influential in pressuring changes to E

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    When the name of the cruel schoolmaster is Wackford Sueers you just know it's going to be good Nicholas himself c

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    I'm glad that Classics Corner at Constant Reader elected to read NN for its April book as I've intended for a w

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    Well fan my brow I’ve been wandering around this world for years telling anyone who will listen that my favourite Dickens novel is D

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    I’m really not sure why I like Dickens so much He is predictable there will be coincidences that could never happen in the real world and in the end everyone will get their just deserts except for the poor sad creature w