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The Old Curiosity Shop (Oxford World's Classics)

The Old Curiosity Shop (Oxford World's Classics)
Author: Charles Dickens
ISBN 13: 9780199538232
ISBN 10: 199538239
Edition: 1
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication Date: 2009-04-15
Format: Paperback
Pages: 672
List Price: $11.95

One of Dickens's most haunting and bizarre novels, The Old Curiosity Shop is the story of "Little Nell" and her persecution by the grotesque and lecherous Quilp. It is a shifting kaleidoscope of events and characters as the story reaches its tragic climax, an ending that famously devastated the novel's earliest readers. Dickens blends naturalistic and allegorical styles to encompass both the actual blight of Victorian industrialization and textual echoes of Bunyan, the Romantic poets, Shakespeare, pantomine, and Jacobean tragedy. This edition uses the Clarendon text, the definitive edition of the novels of Charles Dickens, and includes the original illustrations.

School Library Journal

Gr 7-12-Dickens story of contrasts: youth and old age, beauty and deformity, freedom and restraint.