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The old curiosity shop [electronic resource] /
Charles Dickens ; edited by Elizabeth M. Brennan.
imprint
Oxford [England] : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1997.
description
ciii, 638 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
ISBN
0198124937 (alk. paper)
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Oxford [England] : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1997.
isbn
0198124937 (alk. paper)
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Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
catalogue key
10602936
 
Includes bibliographical references.
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Appeared in Library Journal on 2010-05-01:
Naxos adds to its collection of some 20 abridged and unabridged Dickens recordings this novel following the lives of orphan Nell Trent and her loving grandfather, both residents of The Old Curiosity Shop in London. Though wildly popular when first published in the early 1840s, this is not among Dickens's best works-it is short on truly memorable characters and flawed by sloppy blending of its complex story lines. Still, narrator Anton Lesser's (Great Expectations) strong performance helps to compensate for these weaknesses. Curiosity Shop is not good as an introduction to the author, but those familiar with his oeuvre will appreciate the added value Lesser's evocative narration brings to the audio edition of this work. [An abridged alternate recording of this title, read by Paul Scofield, is available from Phoenix Audio.-Ed.]-R. Kent Rasmussen, Thousand Oaks, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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'The present volume in the Clarendon edition gives the impression of being a work of love for it must have cost untold hours to reach this minutely annotated edition ... Elizabeth Brennan's extensive introduction to the edition does not only hold the key to the different manuscripts used, itpresents a fascinating account of the genesis of the novel.'Marysa Demoor, English Studies, December 1999
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Summaries
Long Description
The Old Curiosity Shop was expanded from a short tale to save Dickens's failing periodical Master Humphrey's Clock (1840-1); it is the first of his novels of which the complete manuscript, many corrected proofs, and some working notes survive. This makes it uniquely interesting to both the textual critic and general reader. Forster's Life of Dickens played down the novelist's dependence on his friend's help, but the proofs reveal at first hand the nature of Forster's assistance as well as Dickens's own practice. In conjunction with the manuscript, which contains two previously unprinted notes to his publisher, they show Dickens dealing with the unexpected demands of weekly serialization of an unplanned, full-length novel. This is most obvious as he approaches the death of Little Nell, in whose fate both he and his readers became emotionally involved. This is the first edition to benefit from the recent revelation of material which Dickens had himself obscured or discarded on manuscript versos, and the first to scrutinize the importance and impact of the wood engravings dropped into the text.
Long Description
This is the first edition to make full use of discarded and canceled passages, as well as Dickens's surviving working notes and proofs. The new material reveals the strain imposed on Dickens by the unexpected demands of weekly serialization. This is most obvious as he approaches the death of Little Nell, in whose fate both he and his readers became emotionally involved.
Main Description
Heart-wrenching tale of Little Nell and her doting grandfather who flee from cold and brutal London in the 1840s to escape debt and to roam the English countryside as beggars.
Main Description
The emotional tale of Little Nell and her doting grandfather was an immediate popular success in 1840-41. Played out against the backdrop of a cold and brutal London, the twosome abandon their home to escape debt and roam the countryside as beggars. Dickens' tale brims with pathos and villainy.
Main Description
The Old Curiosity Shop (1840-41), with its combination of the sentimental, the grotesque and the socially concerned, and its story of pursuit and courage, which sets the downtrodden and the plucky against the malevolent and the villainous, was an immediate popular success.
Main Description
The Old Curiosity Shop was expanded from a short tale to save Dickens's failing periodical Master Humphrey's Clock (1840-1); it is the first of his novels of which the complete manuscript, many corrected proofs, and some working notes survive. This makes it uniquely interesting to both thetextual critic and general reader. Forster's Life of Dickens played down the novelist's dependence on his friend's help, but the proofs reveal at first hand the nature of Forster's assistance as well as Dickens's own practice. In conjunction with the manuscript, which contains two previouslyunprinted notes to his publisher, they show Dickens dealing with the unexpected demands of weekly serialization of an unplanned, full-length novel. This is most obvious as he approaches the death of Little Nell, in whose fate both he and his readers became emotionally involved. This is the first edition to benefit from the recent revelation of material which Dickens had himself obscured or discarded on manuscript versos, and the first to scrutinize the importance and impact of the wood engravings dropped into the text.
Table of Contents
A Dickens Chronologyp. vii
Introductionp. xi
Further readingp. xxix
A Note on the Textp. xxxi
The Old Curiosity Shopp. 1
Notesp. 557
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