Nicholas Nickleby

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Left penniless after his feckless father's death, young Nicholas Nickleby has no choice but to make his own way in the world. For the sake of his mother and sister, he is forced by his hard-hearted uncle to take a post as an assistant master at Dotheboys Hall, a school for unwanted boys, run by the cruel and tyrannical headmaster, Wackford Squeers. But this is only the beginning of Nicholas's adventures in this most entertaining of Charles Dickens's novels. We follow the progress of Nicholas and his slow-witted ...

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Left penniless after his feckless father's death, young Nicholas Nickleby has no choice but to make his own way in the world. For the sake of his mother and sister, he is forced by his hard-hearted uncle to take a post as an assistant master at Dotheboys Hall, a school for unwanted boys, run by the cruel and tyrannical headmaster, Wackford Squeers. But this is only the beginning of Nicholas's adventures in this most entertaining of Charles Dickens's novels. We follow the progress of Nicholas and his slow-witted companion Smike on their travels and encounter a supporting cast of delectable characters including the rambunctious Crummles theatre company and their talented performing pony, the dastardly Sir Mulberry Hawk, the delightful Mrs. Nickleby, the preposterous Kenwings, and many more. Like many of Dickens's novels, Nicholas Nickleby is characterized by his criticism of cruelty and social injustice, but is above all one of the greatest comic masterpieces of nineteenth-century literature.

A young lad seeks his fortune in Victorian England.

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Editorial Reviews

NY Daily News
...it is big, sweeping theatre of a kind you are unlikely to encounter more than once in a lifetime.
NY Post
Let me put it simply and plainly. The Royal Shakespeare Company in THE LIFE AND ADVENTURES OF NICHOLAS NICKLEBY is one of the great theatrical experiences of our time.
Time
The play delves into Dickensian bathos, preposterous coincidences, abrupt reversals of fortune, the collision of improbable goodness with impossible evil—and emerges triumphant, soaring with spirit. In the process it displays the grandest theatrical techniques, affirms the rightness of love and friendship, revives pleasures and poignancies that have all but vanished from modern narrative art.
Variety
The indestructible Dickens story includes high drama and low comedy, vividly drawn characters in the author's bravura style, melodramatic situations and contrasting subtle scenes...the playgoing experience of a lifetime.
VOYA
Fans of the graphic novel appreciate how the genre can lead a reluctant reader to literature in a highly entertaining and palatable way, albeit through a mostly abridged edition. The Whole Story series takes this approach to a more satisfying level and offers an illustrated (cartoons, maps, photographs, diagrams, paintings), annotated (history, geography, pop culture, social customs, animal world, architecture, literature, and science), and historical perspective approach to unabridged great literature. This tremendous series for grades six though twelve can be used in several ways—as an interdisciplinary textbook, a simple yet powerful springboard for discussion, or as a quite enjoyable read. Wilde's Dorian Gray is just one in this colorful series that includes The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Around the World in Eighty Days, A Christmas Carol, The Call of the Wild, Frankenstein, and White Fang. This series is important precisely because of its presentation. The heavy glossy pages are illustrated lushly with images that assist the reader in understanding the work's own political, artistic, historical, and cultural world in a most modern of designs. A perfect addition to the curriculum, books within the series are suitable for both the reluctant and avid reader and are highly recommended purchases for all public libraries and middle to senior high school media centers. Illus. VOYA CODES: 5Q 4P M J S (Hard to imagine it being any better written; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2001, Viking, 272p, $25.99, $17.99 Trade pb. Ages 12 to 18. Reviewer: Stefani KooreySOURCE: VOYA, August 2001 (Vol. 24, No. 3)
School Library Journal
Gr 10 Up-"The Whole Story" format provides illustrations and annotations to the classic text. Ross's lively and sophisticated cartoons add interest, and historical information helps readers place the novel in proper context and gives insight into its characters. The problem with this attractive, glossy layout, however, is that the text and the quotes pulled from it are not always on the same page. Further, some illustrations and notations visually cut into the narrative and may distract readers. For example, a drawing appears on the first page along with the passage, "In the centre of the room, clamped to an upright easel, stood the full-length portrait of a young man of extraordinary personal beauty," but that quote does not appear until the second page of the story. Useful as a supplement to the original novel, but not a replacement for it.-Karen Hoth, Marathon Middle/High School, FL Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780460874809
  • Publisher: Everyman Paperback
  • Publication date: 12/15/1994
  • Series: Dickens Collection
  • Pages: 864
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 1.78 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens was born in 1812 near Portsmouth where his father worked as a clerk. In 1832 young Charles became a journalist and his work brought him into close contact with the grimmer facets of society. Before long he began to contribute to the Monthly Magazine using the pseudonym Boz. He wrote his first novel, Pickwick Papers, in 1836. This was a tremendous success and set him on to become one of Britain's greatest novelists. Thirteen further novels followed including David Copperfield, Great Expectations, A Tale of Two Cities, and Bleak House. He died in 1870, leaving his last novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, unfinished.

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2011

    Good, but not Dickens' best

    Being written early in his career and started before "Oliver Twist" was completed, "Nicholas Nickleby" contains all of the classic Dickens qualities of richly detailed characters and numerous intertwing subplots, yet it seems somewhat rushed in conclusion. Dickens fans will surely recall "Nickleby" with fondness, but it is certainly not the first full length Dickens novel one should read. "David Copperfield" or "Bleak House" are better representations of Dickens at his best.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2007

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    Some critics complain that Nicholas Nickleby is unsophisticated and melodramatic compared to Dickens' later works. In my opinion they are missing the point - it is melodramatic to be sure, but that is all part of the tounge-in-cheek tone of the work. This is an extremely entertaining novel. Highly recommended!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2007

    Excellent Read

    This book was fantastic. It was the second book by Dickens that I read, and I thought that it was even better than Oliver Twist. I loved the characters, the plot, and even the ending. However, Nicholas is certainly a flawed hero, but that just makes the story more intriguing. It has a perfect amount of political satire, humor, and tragedy. Wonderful book!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 28, 2013

    can interest people who don't like to read  

    can interest people who don't like to read  

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 17, 2011

    Typos

    I've noticed in most e-books that there are a lot of typos. I am assuming that the books are scanned and not re-typed, so the scanners must be fallible. The story of Nicholas Nickleby is wonderful, and I am reading it again in order to encounter the man in smalls once more.

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  • Posted July 16, 2011

    What a great story!

    I've read it before but I can't seem to get my NOOK to cooperate and let me read it again. :-(

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2012

    Movie

    The movie was great, but l never read the book. I have read oliver twist. (It is agreat one) l have also seen OliverTwist the movie... once.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2005

    My favorite Dickens Character

    Dickens has truley captured all aspects of human nature in this novel. Nicholas is possibly the best character i have ever come across, you will truley fall in love with his kindness by the end of the novel...its a must read!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2002

    Dicken's characters are without parallel!

    This was the first Dickens' I had read, and it hooked me. From the introduction, right down to the last page, I was enthralled with the wonderful tale of injustice, cruelty, kindness and humour. Dickens has such wonderful diversity in characterization with the cruel Ralph Nickleby, the kind but simple Smike, the good hearted cheeryble brothers, and eccentric Miss La Creevy. For any fan of literature, this is a must read.

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