The Pickwick Papers
‘Rising rage and extreme bewilderment had swelled the noble breast of Mr Pickwick, almost to the bursting of his waistcoat’ Few first novels have created as much popular excitement as The Pickwick Papers – a comic masterpiece that catapulted its twenty-four-year-old author to immediate fame.... show more
‘Rising rage and extreme bewilderment had swelled the noble breast of Mr Pickwick, almost to the bursting of his waistcoat’ Few first novels have created as much popular excitement as The Pickwick Papers – a comic masterpiece that catapulted its twenty-four-year-old author to immediate fame. Readers were captivated by the adventures of the poet Snodgrass, the lover Tupman, the sportsman Winkle and, above all, by that quintessentially English Quixote, Mr Pickwick, and his cockney Sancho Panza, Sam Weller. From the hallowed turf of Dingley Dell Cricket Club to the unholy fracas of the Eatanswill election, via the Fleet debtor’s prison, characters and incidents sprang to life from Dickens’s pen, to form an enduringly popular work of ebullient humour and literary invention. This edition is based on the first volume edition of 1837, and includes the original illustrations. In his introduction, Mark Wormald discusses the genesis of The Pickwick Papers and the emergence of its central characters.
Publish date: August 1st 2000
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Pages no: 801
Edition language: English
I remember an attempt at reading Pickwick very early on, possibly in my teens. It did not end well: I was not a sufficiently experienced reader to navigate either the playfulness of Dickens' language or the tone of gleeful grotesquerie masking a rather sentimental view of human nature. Let me qualif...
Thank God this is over! I had previously read six books by Dickens and I loved them all. I even gave 5*s to one or two. This one, however, was a painful read. I think part of the problem might have been my own current personal issues. Rather a lot of heavy stuff has been going on recently and I have...
bookshelves: winter20092010, victorian, published-1837, classic, britain-england, amusing, fraudio, play-dramatisation, satire Read in December, 2009 It's 1827 - Samuel Pickwick and his club members set off to travel across England.Stars Simon Cadell and Freddie Jones Broadcast on BBC Radio 7Thi...
It had some good parts and some great parts, but it was soooo looong!
Dicken’s first novel was published in 19 serial installments from March, 1836 through October, 1837. It was wildly popular, and in many ways transformed serial publishing in England from a type of fiction in which the picture plates took priority, to fiction where the narrative gained precedence.The...