Barnaby Rudge

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The title character of Barnaby Rudge, a feeble minded individual, is a passive actor who is swept along by events. Based on Gordon Riots of June 1780, the riots reach a climax in the storming and destruction of the Newgate Prison. This work is famous for its descriptions of mob violence which shows Dickens' descriptive abilities. First published in 1841.

Dickens' tale of private lives and public events takes place in the seething unrest of 1780's London. This is a ...

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Overview

The title character of Barnaby Rudge, a feeble minded individual, is a passive actor who is swept along by events. Based on Gordon Riots of June 1780, the riots reach a climax in the storming and destruction of the Newgate Prison. This work is famous for its descriptions of mob violence which shows Dickens' descriptive abilities. First published in 1841.

Dickens' tale of private lives and public events takes place in the seething unrest of 1780's London. This is a fictional recreation of the historical facts of the Gordon riots.

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"One of Dickens's most neglected, but most rewarding, novels."
--Peter Ackroyd

"I would always prefer to go get another Dickens off the shelf than pick up a new book by someone I've not read yet." --Donna Tartt

"Nothing seems more quintessentially British than Charles Dickens."
--The Times

"Charles Dickens is one of the giants of English literature."
--Sunday Express

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781406808544
  • Publisher: Echo Library
  • Publication date: 1/9/2013
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.07 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles Dickens

Jon Mee and Iain McCalman are joint editors ofAn Oxford Companion to the Romantic Age (1999).

Biography

Born on February 7, 1812, Charles Dickens was the second of eight children in a family burdened with financial troubles. Despite difficult early years, he became the most successful British writer of the Victorian age.

In 1824, young Charles was withdrawn from school and forced to work at a boot-blacking factory when his improvident father, accompanied by his mother and siblings, was sentenced to three months in a debtor's prison. Once they were released, Charles attended a private school for three years. The young man then became a solicitor's clerk, mastered shorthand, and before long was employed as a Parliamentary reporter. When he was in his early twenties, Dickens began to publish stories and sketches of London life in a variety of periodicals.

It was the publication of Pickwick Papers (1836-1837) that catapulted the twenty-five-year-old author to national renown. Dickens wrote with unequaled speed and often worked on several novels at a time, publishing them first in monthly installments and then as books. His early novels Oliver Twist (1837-1838), Nicholas Nickleby (1838-1839), The Old Curiosity Shop (1840-1841), and A Christmas Carol (1843) solidified his enormous, ongoing popularity. As Dickens matured, his social criticism became increasingly biting, his humor dark, and his view of poverty darker still. David Copperfield (1849-1850), Bleak House (1852-1853), Hard Times (1854), A Tale of Two Cities (1859), Great Expectations (1860-1861), and Our Mutual Friend (1864-1865) are the great works of his masterful and prolific period.

In 1858 Dickens's twenty-three-year marriage to Catherine Hogarth dissolved when he fell in love with Ellen Ternan, a young actress. The last years of his life were filled with intense activity: writing, managing amateur theatricals, and undertaking several reading tours that reinforced the public's favorable view of his work but took an enormous toll on his health. Working feverishly to the last, Dickens collapsed and died on June 8, 1870, leaving The Mystery of Edwin Drood uncompleted.

Author biography from the Barnes & Noble Classics edition of David Copperfield.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Charles John Huffam Dickens (full name) "Boz" (pen name)
    1. Date of Birth:
      February 7, 1812
    2. Place of Birth:
      Portsmouth, England
    1. Date of Death:
      June 18, 1870
    2. Place of Death:
      Gad's Hill, Kent, England

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vi
Introduction vii
Note on the Text xxv
Note on the Illustrations xxvi
Select Bibliography xxx
A Chronology of Charles Dickens xxxv
Map: London at the time of the Gordon Riots, 1780 xlviii
Preface 1841 3
Preface 1849 5
Barnaby Rudge 9
Appendix A The Gordon Riots 662
Appendix B Historical Sources and Contemporary Contexts 667
Appendix C Dickens and Scott 673
Explanatory Notes 677
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  • Posted September 7, 2010

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    Absorbing and Still Politically Relevant

    I had read most of the Dickens novels, some more than once, but I'd always overlooked Barnaby Rudge. When I finally read it I was amazed it had taken me so long. It even turned out to be a lot more fun than I expected. Like all Dickens' novels, the characters are drawn to show the nature of human beings, and he does it so well, the characters could be set in modern day and the story would still work. We see the shifty lecherous rogue who covets the beautiful young lady, the dedicated hangman, and the patriotic family man. We see troubled family relationships: mother and son, father and daughter, and father and son. Most important of all, we see the title character, a golden-hearted idiot whose simple-minded exuberance makes him a ready-made pawn for the devious and evil manipulators who stand to profit from division and resentment between Catholics and Protestants. Perhaps the most timeless thing about this novel is the willful manufacturing of resentment between the two primary social political groups of the time. You could simply replace the terms Catholic and Protestant with Liberal and Conservative and you'd be telling our modern story. Turn on the nightly news and you will see a modern-day Barnaby Rudge there enthusiastically reciting the talking points of some divisive talk-show host, all the while completely oblivious that he is but a pawn dutifully serving a sinister master. I'm glad I waited until now to read this tale of Dickens because it's such a timely reminder of human impulse toward the mob mentality. Barnaby Rudge is an ever present reminder that if we lose our ability to think to think critically, we our own identity and our values will be consumed to serve the desires of someone else.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2012

    Very poor OCR used on this book

    It was a challenge to read this book due to the number of errors from the OCR of the printed book. In fact, I only made it to page 30 before I gave up. Need to find a better copy for Nook.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2012

    Horribly digitized!

    Horribly digitized!

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  • Posted September 2, 2010

    It starts halfway through the book

    Luckily I own the hardback version of this and I could see that they only scanned half the book. The tipoff was that it started at chapter LVI. I'm no Roman numeral whiz, but that one I know.

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    Posted January 28, 2014

    Striking

    Nvm. Cant sleep)) *lays down sighing*

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    Posted December 25, 2012

    Best book u can ever read !!!!!

    It was awsome so great and funny and fun

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