Dombey & Son

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Mr. Dombey's idealistic vision of his "Dombey and Son" shipping firm rests on the shoulders of his delicate son Paul. However, when the firm faces ruin, and Dombey's second marriage ends in disaster, it is his devoted daughter Florence, unloved and neglected, who comes to his aid. This new edition contains Dickens's prefaces, his working plans, and all the original illustrations. The text is that of the definitive Clarendon edition, which is supplemented by a wide-ranging Introduction that highlights Dickens's ...

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Overview

Mr. Dombey's idealistic vision of his "Dombey and Son" shipping firm rests on the shoulders of his delicate son Paul. However, when the firm faces ruin, and Dombey's second marriage ends in disaster, it is his devoted daughter Florence, unloved and neglected, who comes to his aid. This new edition contains Dickens's prefaces, his working plans, and all the original illustrations. The text is that of the definitive Clarendon edition, which is supplemented by a wide-ranging Introduction that highlights Dickens's sensitivity to the problems of his day, including those of family relationships, giving the novel added depth and relevance. The Notes and Bibliography have been substantially revised, extended, and updated.

About the Series: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199536283
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 7/15/2008
  • Series: Oxford World's Classics Series
  • Edition description: New
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 1024
  • Sales rank: 257,889
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 2.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles Dickens

Dennis Walder is the editor of the three OPB editions of the plays of Athol Fugard, as well as the book listed below

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

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  • Posted August 25, 2013

    Arguably the first of Dickens¿ mature novels, ¿Dombey and Son¿ e

    Arguably the first of Dickens’ mature novels, “Dombey and Son” explores the themes and characters for which Dickens is famous, those which cause reader to evaluate their own lives and actions. Paul Dombey, Sr., exudes coldness and apathy in both his business dealings and his family life, the consequences of which are far-reaching. His sole concern is Dombey and Son, the firm upon which he builds all of his desires. In true Dickensian form, the business suffers and causes a maelstrom of ripple effects across the expanse of the novel.

    Although “Dombey and Son” is in many ways idyllic and redolent with fairy tale elements—including stereotypical villains and heroes—Dickens nevertheless expands his characters to encompass females who move beyond the saccharine angels and gender stereotypes which characterized his earlier works. Several of the characters are quite complex and dynamic. Also, the story itself reveals how Dickens begins to concoct the plot ahead of the reader and structure it as a chess match; while some moves will be obvious and predictable through foreshadowing, others will be more shrouded in mystery and accompanied by doubt. Dickens introduces a large cast of characters who move fluidly in and out of the novel, to be woven into the many ties of the plot and eventually brought to light, and some of the main themes include relationships, revenge, retribution, and unrequited love. Dickens’ cinematic genius is also made manifest in “Dombey and Son” and is likely one of the countless reasons that his novels remain so prevalent today.

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