Set against the backdrop of the Gordon Riots of 1870, Barnaby Rudge is a story of mystery and suspense which begins with an unsolved murder and goes on to involve conspiracy, blackmail, abduction and retribution. Through the course of the novel fathers and sons become opposed, apprentices plot against their masters and anti-Catholic mobs rampage through the streets. And, as London erupts into riot, Barnaby Rudge himself struggles to escape the curse of his own past. With its dramatic descriptions of public violence and private horror, its strange secrets and ghostly doublings, Barnaby Rudge is a powerful, disturbing blend of historical realism and Gothic melodrama.
This edition is based on the first one-volume publication of Barnaby Rudge, reproducing all the original illustrations. Appendices include a map of London at the time of the Gordon Riots and the preface to the 1969 edition.
About the Author
Charles Dickens (1812-70) was a political reporter and journalist whose popularity was established by the phenomenally successful Pickwick Papers (1836-7). His novels captured and held the public imagination over a period of more than thirty years. 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.
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|Note on the Text||p. xxv|
|Note on the Illustrations||p. xxvi|
|Select Bibliography||p. xxx|
|A Chronology of Charles Dickens||p. xxxv|
|Map: London at the time of the Gordon Riots, 1780||p. xlviii|
|Preface 1841||p. 3|
|Preface 1849||p. 5|
|Barnaby Rudge||p. 9|
|The Gordon Riots||p. 662|
|Historical Sources and Contemporary Contexts||p. 667|
|Dickens and Scott||p. 673|
|Explanatory Notes||p. 677|
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Series: Penguin Classics
For Ages: 18+ years old
Number Of Pages: 800
Published: May 2003
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.2 x 3.7
Weight (kg): 0.54