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Little Dorrit

New Edition

Charles Dickens
Edited by Harvey Peter Sucksmith and Dennis Walder

12 July 2012

ISBN: 9780199596485

912 pages
Paperback
196x129mm

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Oxford World's Classics

Price: £9.99

Against a background of government incompetence and financial scandal, Arthur Clennam searches for the key to the affairs of the Dorrit family, prisoners for debt in the Marshalsea. Mixing humour and pathos, irony and satire, Little Dorrit reveals a master of fiction in top form. This new edition includes all of Phiz's original illustrations.

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Against a background of government incompetence and financial scandal, Arthur Clennam searches for the key to the affairs of the Dorrit family, prisoners for debt in the Marshalsea. Mixing humour and pathos, irony and satire, Little Dorrit reveals a master of fiction in top form. This new edition includes all of Phiz's original illustrations.

  • One of Dickens's greatest works of social criticism, Little Dorrit's scathing indictment of mid-Victorian England centres on the Marshalsea Prison and the Dorrit family who live there, against a background of government incompetence and financial scandal.
  • This edition uses the definitive Clarendon text and includes all the original illustrations by Phiz.
  • Wide-ranging introduction highlights Dickens's move from social and political to more personal, even spiritual concerns while maintaining the wide scope of his mature fiction.
  • Appendix reproduces Dickens's number plans for the novel.
  • Map of London.
  • Up-to-date bibliography and full chronology of the author's life and times.

New to this edition

  • All the illustrations by Phiz (previous edition only included 8 out of 41).
  • New Introduction by Dennis Walder.
  • New bibliography.
  • Substantially revised and updated notes.
  • New, fuller chronology.
  • Map of London.
  • Text entirely re-set in a larger, more attractive, and unworn typeface.

About the Author(s)

Charles Dickens

Edited by Harvey Peter Sucksmith and Dennis Walder, Emeritus Professor of Literature, Open University

Harvey Peter Sucksmith edited the definitive critical edition of Little Dorrit for the Clarendon Dickens, and a critical edition of Collins's The Woman in White for Oxford English Novels.

Dennis Walder is the author of Literature in the Modern World (OUP, 1990, rev. edn. 2003) and editions of the plays of Athol Fugard. For OWC he has edited Dickens's Dombey and Son. His most recent book is Postcolonial Nostalgias: Writing, Representation, and Memory (Routledge, 2010). He was a judge for the Commonwealth Writers' prize, 2011.

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