Pickwick Papers (Volume 2)

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The book has no illustrations or index. It may have numerous typos or missing text. However, purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original rare book from the publisher's website (GeneralBooksClub.com). You can also preview excerpts of the book there. Purchasers are also entitled to a free trial membership in the General Books Club where they can select from more than a million books without charge. Volume: 2; Original Publisher: T. Nelson; Publication date: 1866; Description: A portion of the manuscript [1836], accompanied by letters and pages of printed books relating to it and to other Dickens manuscripts. Nineteen manuscript leaves of the chapter originally numbered 35 (36 in later editions), foliated 50-68, beginning "This was no other than Prince Bladud himself," and continuing to the end of the chapter. With many holograph revisions and occasional printer's markings. Also present are: an AL (third person, undated) by Dickens to Charles Hicks, foreman printer at Bradbury and Evans, about printing books of songs and the anticipated opening of a Pickwick opera; two printed leaves, corresponding to the beginning of the manuscript text and the end of the subsequent chapter (35 in the later numbering); three leaves from a printed account of the Forster collection of manuscripts in the South Kensington Museum; a portion of a TLS [1882?] by B.F. Stevens concerning Dickens manuscripts; and an engraved portrait of Dickens.; Subjects: Fiction / Classics; Fiction / Humorous; Fiction / Literary; Juvenile Fiction / Classics; Literary Criticism / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh; Social Science / Men's Studies;

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  • ISBN-13: 9781150867446
  • Publisher: General Books LLC
  • Publication date: 3/29/2010
  • Pages: 76
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.16 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles Dickens
Charles Dickens
Charles Dickens is probably the greatest novelist England ever produced. His innate comic genius and shrewd depictions of Victorian life -- along with his memorable characters -- have made him beloved by readers the world over. In Dickens' books live some of the most repugnant villains in literature, as well as some of the most likeable (and unlikely) heroes.

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 February 7, 2012

    About The e-book

    Could not get a free sample to down load. I updated the updates for nook etc. and tried again including resetting my iPad.
    I wanted this illustrated version so much I took a chance and bought it sight un seen.
    It down loaded just fine and quickly. This may be a clue to what I am about to add . .

    There is no contents.
    The "illustrations" are not listed. Meaning you cannot just go to them and view them you must page through, according to the location slider at the bottom of the screen, six hundred pages.

    OK if that were not enough . . . the illustrations are the size of postage stamps and will not enlarge. Even the cover art is so small I could not make out what it illustrated until my third visit.

    I would have spent much more if I could have a decently turned out book. As it is it is a less than usefull scrol of text with some ink blots taking up space.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2007

    The Lighter Side of Dickens.

    Charles Dickens wit and humer is readily made apparent in his novel The Pickwick Papers. In many cases it made me laugh out loud. It was truly an enjoyable and fun read. 'In particular the hunting adventure and the Bagmans tale of a chair turning into an old man'. Throughout the novel there are nine different short stories that are either told by a character passing through or read by Pickwick theat seem to have nothing to do with the novel, but these certainly do not detract from the story. In true Dickens style, he does question some of the English Institutions such as the debtors prisons. I did truly admire Mr Pickwicks sense of values and his sense of what was right and what was wrong. I am also curious as to whether this novel had any influence on P.G Wodehouse's Jeeves. This is a long book but I wouldn't have minded it even if it were a bit longer.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 2, 2009

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    I <3 Charles Dickens

    This was my first ever Dickens book and I loved it cover to cover. Dickens has an incredible sense of humor that just kinda sneaks up on you. I've gone on to read many other works by Dickens, but I'll never forget my first time.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 13, 2009

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    A Romp Through Victorian England

    "Pickwick Papers" was Dickens' first novel & is still one of his best. Mr Pickwick leads his companions (& the reader) on a delightful excursion through mid-Victorian England visiting its quaint villages & frequenting its inns, taverns, churches, & country estates. Positively charming & "quaint" in its descriptions of the English countryside, traditions & customs, & society at all levels it is a wonderfully crafted book & shows why Charles Dickens became one of Britain's great novelists. Once you take your initial journey with Mr Pickwick, you'll find yourself wanting to take the trip again.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 31, 2008

    Where It All Started

    Don't come to this book looking for a plot. It is all character, voice, and sensibility. Patience will be rewarded. And you'll forget Sam Weller.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2007

    Absolutely Wondeful

    Written in Dickens' distinctive style, this book is truly excellent, offering insights into social ills of that time (many of which have survived to our own time) and providing a series of interesting and easily believable dramas, it also has the advantage of being hilarious. I read this book for the first time when I was in middle school and I've yet to tire of it. There's never a dull moment with the Pickwick Papers!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2005

    Pure Pickwickian Pleasure

    If your only experience of Charles Dickens involves never-ending readings of Great Expectations or Oliver Twist in high school literature class, then you may be surprised to find that Dickens was a master of wit as well as woe. In The Pickwick Papers all aspects of the amazing talent of Charles Dickens are on display. Through the adventures and ramblings of Samuel Pickwick, Esq. and his companions Messrs. Tupman, Winkle, and Snodgrass, we are given an intimate look at 19th Century England, from her small country towns to the dark heart of London¿s debtor¿s prison. The characters and places are vibrant, the story alive with humor and pathos. Continual feasting, fun, and holiday parties with friends share the pages of this story with tales of poverty, abuse, and neglect all set down by the hand of a master story teller and observer of human nature.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 30, 2012

    A must have on your Nook

    Heard a Proffesor talking about Dickens; and he peeked my curiosity for the Pickwick Papers. This version has character information & a Dickens biography, which help understand the times Dickens was writing. Initially written as a series of published short stories I can see how the Victorian readers couldn't wait for the next installment to come out. You can read this from cover to cover if you wish; or pretend you are in Victorian times and wait a bit between chapters. It makes the next chapter all the more compelling.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2013

    Confused

    Where are the reviews for Pickwick Papers? This is all inane conversation. Do you even know who Dickens is?

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 21, 2011

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    As lighthearted as Dickens gets

    Dickens is in a slightly more humorous mood in this book than in many of his later writings. He follows the adventures of the "remarkable" (read: likeable, well-intentioned, generous, rich, naive, and fawned-upon) Mr. Pickwick and several of his companions who go out to observe and write about places and events in other parts of England (for the enlightenment of the rest of the Pickwick club). Their adventures and the stories they collect in the process range from the humorously bumbling to the tragic to the genuinely touching.

    As usual, Dickens is satirizing away, giving social commentary on useless fops, hypocritical pastors, scummy lawyers, debtors' prisons, etc. The book also has Dickens' trademark rambling style, unlikely coincidences, and silly names, but as always, the characters are so entertaining that it is a pleasure to read. The slightly pompous Pickwick and his bordering-on-sycophantic friends are somehow endearing rather than annoying, the ridiculous side-characters remind you of people you have known, and the downfall of one of the "bad guys" is pitiable and moving rather than a cause for rejoicing. Classic Dickens...good stuff!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2006

    Excellent book!

    This was a great book. Highly recommended to everybody. One of Dickens' best!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2003

    Good, but not Dicken's best

    I thought it was a great book, but Dickens wrote funnier things in his dark "Great Expectations" The book follows a simple plot, several pompous gentleman travel around the greater London area. It seems as though the narrator of Don Quixote is also narrating this, he glorifies the "Glorious Personage" many times, other characters include Mr. Winkle the sportsman who knows nothing of riding and hunting, Poetic Snodgrass, mischevious fortune hunter Jingle, the womanizing Tupman who seems to be outdone by snodgrass, Winkle, and Jingle, and of course the Cockney Sam. The stories told by the people they meet may sometimes be tedious, but the bagman's tale is not to be missed, it tells about a fellow who drinks a bit to much hot punch and imagines a chair turning into an amorous old man

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2002

    Dickens' first novel is Dickens' best novel

    This is a story written "posthumously" about a rag tag motley crew of men led by Mr. Samuel Pickwick, a round, cheeky fellow in gaiters. The book may be long, but it's so engrossing you'll have it done in a couple of days.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted July 10, 2014

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    Ble

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2014

    Umbreo

    There's nothing left to do except tell Greece. He'll go, see for himself, and stalk them to death.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2014

    Mayuko

    Ok!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2014

    To Umbreo

    For you to be so smart, you are missing details. Fang did it on her own accord. You see, she isn't innocent. She's a hypocrite. And Neko is far too dumb to committ an act like that. T.T

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2014

    Neko

    "My justice!"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2014

    Jewel

    Wags her tail happily, and when you scrath her she tilts her head, making you scratch one ear to to next.

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