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The Pickwick Papers explores the perils, travels, and adventures of the Pickwick Club's members: the founding chairman, former businessman and amateur scientist Mr. Pickwick; his trusted companion Sam Weller; the sportsman Winkle; the poet Snodgrass; and the lover Tracy Tupman. This Penguin Classic makes available the first volume edition of 1837 together with the original illustrations.
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Format: Abridged, Audiobook
Studio: Naxos Audiobooks
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 5.6" Width: 4.9" Height: 0.9" Weight: 0.45 lbs.
Publisher Naxos Audiobooks
ISBN 9626341661 ISBN13 9789626341667
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More About Charles Dickens
Charles Dickens was born on February 7, 1812, in Landport, Portsea, England. He died in Kent on June 9, 1870. The second of eight children of a family continually plagued by debt, the young Dickens came to know not only hunger and privation, but also the horror of the infamous debtors' prison and the evils of child labor. A turn of fortune in the shape of a legacy brought release from the nightmare of prison and -slave- factories and afforded Dickens the opportunity of two years' formal schooling at Wellington House Academy. He worked as an attorney's clerk and newspaper reporter until his Sketches by Boz (1836) and The Pickwick Papers (1837) brought him the amazing and instant success that was to be his for the remainder of his life. In later years, the pressure of serial writing, editorial duties, lectures, and social commitments led to his separation from Catherine Hogarth after twenty-three years of marriage. It also hastened his death at the age of fifty-eight, when he was characteristically engaged in a multitude of work. David Trotter is Quain Professor of English Language and Literature and Head of Department at University College London. Charlotte Mitchell is Lecturer in English at University College London.
Charles Dickens was born in 1812 and died in 1870.
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I liked it May 28, 2008
PP is a joy; in that it was written when CJHD was 24, it is also a wonder. I don't have much to add that has not been said. One sees the author grow as a writer as the book develops; by the end he is in top form. The plotting is thin, and the chapters episodic, while the details are vivid, and the language rich. By the end, the reader feels at home in early Victorian England. I enjoyed the spectrum of characters. The bad ones are able to be polished a little, and develop redeeming quality. The good ones sparkle, but have their shortcomings. There are also plenty in the scrum who are just ordinary, albeit singular, human beings. Recommended.
Dickens' Magic Jan 1, 2008
A friend of mine said that she loved the Harry Potter books because they returned her, as an adult, to the mesmerized delight in reading that she felt as a child.
That's what The Pickwick Papers did for me. Think of it as a sort of prose nineteenth century Decameron or Canterbury Tales. A group of friends, which make up the Pickwick Society, go traveling the English countryside. Along the way, they experience many adventures, and these adventures are punctuated by the telling of tales, sometimes fabulous, by various characters. And of course, seasoning it all is Dickens' unparalleled eye for the idiosyncratic and ear for dialect.
This is a charming and magical book. The fact that it was conjured by a man still in his early twenties makes it all the more astonishing.
A true joy to read! I did not want it to end! Mar 15, 2007
Charles Dickens is by far among my most favorite writers. The Pickwick Papers was such wonderful light humor and a rollicking adventure, that I never wanted to put it down. Every page, every chapter, brought these wonderful characters into a whole new unique set of adventures! I highly recommend anyone who enjoys Dickens to not miss this one, as although it is an early work, it shows the wonderful humorous side of the author that you will not quite see in some of his later works. These characters became like good friends by the time I was done with the book. A true joy to read.
Travel the cities and towns of England with Mr. Pickwick and the Pickwikians in this hilarious comic masterpiece by young Dicken Feb 5, 2007
A series of sporting prints was about to be published. The artist Robert Seymour had been hired. Now it was needed that an author be hired to add his prose to the series of prints. Charles Dickens became that author and literature has never been the same! The artist Seymour committed suicide; the 20 monthly numbers by Dickens shot him to instant popularity and a career as Victorian England's most successful novelist! Dickens grew up reading "Tom Jones" by Henry Fielding and other picaresque novels especially "Don Quixote" by Cervantes. Their influence on him was profound as evinced in Pickwick's many pages. The story tells of the fat, rubicund and funny old gentleman Mr. Pickwick who sets out to explore England. He takes with him three younger men Snodgrass, Tubman and Winkle. Along the way Pickwick hires young Samuel Weller to be his factotum. Weller steals the book with his cockney wit and wisdom. His father Tony also appears commenting on everything from women to jurisprudence. These characters are among the funniest ever created by Dickens. This book is very early Dickens lacking the seriousness, plot development and social realism of later works such as "Bleak House"; "Little Dorritt" " Hard Times" and "Our Mutual Friend". It is instead filled with memorable characters getting themselves involved in one complicated incident after another! Mrs.Bardell the amorous landlady who sues Pickwich for Breach of Promise. Mr. Pickwich's attempts at ice skating; the Wardle Christmas Ball; the variious short stories told by characters interspersed in the text; the wild rides in stagecoaches across the landscape described with insight by the young genius; the trip to Newgate Prison where Pickwick is briefly incarcerated; the greedy lawyers; the hypocrites; the scoundrels and scamps of living. All are there in the Dickens universe. The Pickwick Papers was Dickens most popular novel. It has never been surpassed in the English language for its light and lively look at British Life in the 1820s. If you have time to spend with a good book liking to laugh and be entertained pick up a copy of this classic novel!
Good Sep 28, 2006
It is good for being Dickens first work. Although the characters are not as well developed as other works it does fit the book. It suits because it is not as serious of a work as other books. This, to me, shows where Dickens was in his own life. He was young and jovial where as when he gets older he gets darker because his view on life does. The only thing I have never really liked about Charles Dickens is that all of his books seem to be slow but if they were any different they wouldn't be written by Dickens would they.