Novel by Charles Dickens, first issued serially in 1840-41 in Dickens' own weekly, Master Humphrey's Clock; it was published in book form in 1841. The novel was enormously popular in its day but in a later age was scorned for its unabashed sentimentality. The Old Curiosity Shop is the story of Little Nell Trent and the evil dwarf Quilp. When Little Nell's grandfather gambles away his curiosity shop to his creditor Quilp, the girl and the old man flee London. Nell's friend Kit Nubbles and a mysterious Single Gentleman (who turns out to be the wealthy brother of Nell's grandfather) attempt to find them but are thwarted by Quilp, who drowns while fleeing the law. Little Nell dies before Kit and the Single Gentleman arrive, and her brokenhearted grandfather dies days later. -- The Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Charles Dickens was born on February 7, 1812, in Landport, Portsea, England. He died in Kent on June 9, 1870. The second of eight children of a family continually plagued by debt, the young Dickens came to know not only hunger and privation,but also the horror of the infamous debtors’ prison and the evils of child labor. A turn of fortune in the shape of a legacy brought release from the nightmare of prison and “slave” factories and afforded Dickens the opportunity of two years’ formal schooling at Wellington House Academy. He worked as an attorney’s clerk and newspaper reporter until his Sketches by Boz (1836) and The Pickwick Papers (1837) brought him the amazing and instant success that was to be his for the remainder of his life. In later years, the pressure of serial writing, editorial duties, lectures, and social commitments led to his separation from Catherine Hogarth after twenty-three years of marriage. It also hastened his death at the age of fifty-eight, when he was characteristically engaged in a multitude of work.
since this author was from another century, it took awhile to get a feel for the story line, but worth the try as dickens helped change his ceturyPublished 2 days ago by Kindle Customer
I must have watched too many horror movies. When I saw the tittle of this book, I was sure someone would walk into a dark corner of the shop and get eaten. Read morePublished 15 days ago by bernie
Arrived promptly, as promised, in perfect condition. Book was just as suspected--magnificent. I highly recommend this moving novel--I feel a better person for having read it.Published 1 month ago by David B. White
Exposes the reader to many of the social morals of the day in England mid 1800. Dickens once again weaves a fine tale winning your heart and making you think about the character. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Polly
All I can say is : Poor Nell. What a loyal daughter yoked to such a father. Too much, Dickens, too much.Published 2 months ago by bookworm
Totally enjoyed this book.I love all the characters and Dicken's descriptive style that is so full of humor!Published 2 months ago by Fatima Sheppard