'You talk very easily of hours, sir! How long do you suppose, sir, that an hour is to a man who is choking for want of air?'
When Arthur Clennam returns to England after many years abroad, he takes a kindly interest in Amy Dorrit, his mother's seamstress, and in the affairs of Amy's father, William Dorrit, a man of shabby grandeur, long imprisoned for debt in the Marshalsea. As Arthur soon discovers, the dark shadow of the prison stretches far beyond its walls to affect the lives of many, from the kindly Mr Pancks, the reluctant rent-collector of Bleeding Heart Yard, and the tipsily garrulous Flora Finching, to Merdle, an unscrupulous financier, and the bureaucratic Barnacles in the Circumlocution Office. A masterly evocation of the state and psychology of imprisonment, Little Dorrit is one of the supreme works of Dickens's maturity.
This revised edition includes expanded notes, appendices and suggestions for further reading by Helen Small, a chronology of Dickens's life and works, and original illustrations.
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.
|A Dickens Chronology||p. vii|
|Further Reading||p. xxviii|
|A Note on the Text||p. xxxiii|
|Little Dorrit||p. 1|
|The Denouement of Little Dorrit||p. 861|
|The Number Plans||p. 863|
|The Marshalsea||p. 906|
|Map of London||p. 912|
|Running Headlines from the 1868 Charles Dickens Edition||p. 914|
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Series: Penguin Classics
For Ages: 18+ years old
Number Of Pages: 1024
Published: October 2003
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9 x 5.0
Weight (kg): 0.68