(From the publisher):
"I shall never regret doing as I have Ė never, if I starve or beg in consequence."
When Nicholas Nickleby is left penniless after his fatherís death, he appeals to his wealthy uncle to help him find work and to protect his mother and sister. But Ralph Nickleby proves both hard-hearted and unscrupulous, and Nicholas finds himself forced to make his own way in the world. Nicholasís adventures gave Dickens the opportunity to portray a extraordinary gallery of rogues and eccentrics: Wackford Squeers, tyrannical headmaster of Dotheboys Hall, a school for unwanted boys; the slow-witted orphan Smike, rescued by Nicholas; and the gloriously theatrical Mr and Mrs Crummle, and their daughter, the 'infant phenomenon'. Like many of Dickensís novels, Nicholas Nickleby is characterized by his outrage at cruelty and social injustice, but it is also a flamboyantly exuberant work, revealing Dickensís comic genius at its most unerring.
Originally published serially in nineteen individual issues, from March 1838 to September 1839. Each issue was illustrated by Phiz.
Original title: The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction→ Literary Fiction/classics