Nicholas Nickleby

Nicholas Nickleby

by Charles Dickens
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Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens

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.

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)

About the Author

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.

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

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Nicholas Nickleby (Everyman's Library Series) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!
NellyDT More than 1 year ago
can interest people who don't like to read  
LibraryLadyMB More than 1 year ago
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.
NPhillygirlPA More than 1 year ago
I've read it before but I can't seem to get my NOOK to cooperate and let me read it again. :-(
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NOT:( >:( VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY VRRY VERY VERY VERY VRY VERY VERY BAD AND BORING? AND BAD? AND BORING AND BAD. And boring.
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