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.
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About the Author
Dennis Walder is the editor of the three OPB editions of the plays of Athol Fugard, as well as the book listed below
Date of Birth:February 7, 1812
Date of Death:June 18, 1870
Place of Birth:Portsmouth, England
Place of Death:Gad's Hill, Kent, England
Education:Home-schooling; attended Dame School at Chatham briefly and Wellington
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.