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Martin Chuzzlewit (RLE Dickens)

Routledge Library Editions: Charles Dickens Volume 10

By Sylvere Monod

© 2009 – Routledge

224 pages

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Although enjoyed my many as a masterpiece of Dickens’ comic writing, Martin Chuzzlewit has long been underrated by professional critics. This volume redresses the balance by devoting its attention to a full critical discussion of the novel and by including a full survey of the critical positions held in the past.

As well as discussing the themes of selfishness and hypocrisy, the history of the text is also explored, as is the complex relationship between Dickens and the United States which played a great part in the development of the novel and exerted considerable influence on it early reception.

Table of Contents

1. Dickens’ Pre-Chuzzlewit Days 2. The Text and Its Variations 3. Starting the Machinery (Chapters I-XIV) 4. The American Episodes 5. Mrs Gamp and Mrs Harris 6. Pecksniffery 7. Crime and Punishment 8. The "Stock of the Soup" Thickens 9. The Salt of Pinch 10. The Evolution of Dickens’ with Martin Chuzzlewit 11. External and Additional Material 12. Martin Chuzzlewit and its Readers: Purpose and Achievement

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: Charles Dickens

This small collection of books originally published over sixty years brings back into print some valuable works. As well as examining the art of Dickens’ writing, the emphasis is on the social and political background of his times and the influence this had on his work.

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