The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit (Penguin Classics)
by Dickens, Charles; Ingham, Patricia
xxxiii, 825,  pp. Edited with an introduction and notes by Patricia Ingham. The greed of his family has led wealthy old Martin Chuzzlewit to become suspicious and misanthropic, leaving his grandson and namesake to make his own way in the world. And so young Martin sets out from the Wiltshire home of his supposed champion, the scheming architect Pecksniff, to seek his fortune in America. In depicting Martin's journey - an experience that teaches him to question his inherited self-interest and egotism - Dickens created many vividly realized figures: the brutish lout Jonas Chuzzlewit, plotting to gain the family fortune; Martin's optimistic manservant, Mark Tapley; gentle Tom Pinch; and the drunken and corrupt private nurse, Mrs Gamp. With its portrayal of greed, blackmail and murder, and its searing satire on America Dickens's novel is a powerful and blackly comic story of hypocrisy and redemption. In her introduction, Patricia Ingham examines characterization, the central themes of the novel, and Dickens's depiction of America. Spine faintly creased. Penguin Books, 1999. Very Good/Not Applicable. (Inventory #: 2197389)
Literature, American & Military History, General Antiquarian
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