The Old Curiosity Shop

The Old Curiosity Shop A Tale - Penguin Classics

New ed

Paperback (25 Jan 2001) | English

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Synopsis

'His characters are marvellous, his insights wonderful ... You don't expect reality but you get something bigger and better' Ruth Rendell

The Old Curiosity Shop was an instant bestseller that, even while it was criticized for its sentimentality, captured the hearts of the nation with its portrayal of little Nell Trent, who is thrown into a terrifying world when her beloved grandfather is unable to pay his debts to the loathsome Quilp. Alongside the pathos of the innocent, tragic Nell are some of Dickens's greatest characters: the ne'er-do'well Dick Swiveller, the mannish lawyer Sally Brass, the half-starved 'Marchioness' and the lustful Quilp himself, a creation of demonic power and cruelty.

Edited with an Introduction and Notes by Norman Page

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Book information

ISBN: 9780140437423
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Imprint: Penguin Classics
Pub date:
Edition: New ed
DEWEY: 823.8
DEWEY edition: 21
Language: English
Number of pages: 575
Weight: 408g
Height: 197mm
Width: 129mm
Spine width: 26mm