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Old Curiosity Shop, the (1841) [Novel]
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For the character of Little Nell, the beautiful child thrown into a shadowy, terrifying world, Dickens drew on a tragedy in his own life, the death at the age of seventeen of his sister-in-law Mary Hogarth. Five years later he wrote, 'the desire to be buried next her is as strong upon me now ... and I know (for I don't think there ever was love like that I bear her) that it will never diminish.'

The sorrows of Nell and her grandfather are offset by Dickens's creation of a dazzling contemporary world inhabited by some of his most brilliantly drawn characters -- the eloquent ne'er-do-well Dick Swiveller; the hungry maid known as the 'Marchioness'; the mannish lawyer Sally Brass; Quilp's brow-beaten mother-in-law, and Quilp himself, the lustful, vengeful dwarf, whose demonic energy makes a vivid counterpoint to Nell's purity.

Originally published in eighty-eight weekly installments in Master Humphrey's Clock, April 1840 to November 1841.

Original title: The Old Curiosity Shop
Original languages: English

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Genre: FictionGeneral FictionLiterary Fiction/classics

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The Old Curiosity Shop (1841)
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Language: English

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The Old Curiosity Shop (June 2009)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: London
Publisher: Arrow
ISBN: 9780099533474

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The Old Curiosity Shop (2003)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: Harmondsworth, Middlesex
Publisher: Penguin Classics
ISBN: 9780140437423
Pages: 575
Notes: Introduction and notes by Norman Page
includes the original illustrations by George Cattermole

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The Old Curiosity Shop (July 2003)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: Mineola, NY
Publisher: Dover Thrift Editions
ISBN: 9780486426792
Dimensions: 5.7 x 8.1 x 1 in
Pages: 452

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The Old Curiosity Shop (2000)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: Harmondsworth, Middlesex
Publisher: Penguin Classics
ISBN: 9780140437423
Dimensions: 5.2 x 7.7 x 1.1 in
Pages: 575
Notes: Introduction and notes by Norman Page
Includes the original illustrations by George Cattermole

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