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Barnaby Rudge

Charles Dickens John Bowen

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Penguin Classics
05 May 2003
Classic fiction (pre c 1945); Penguin Black Classics; Literature, Poetry & Criticism
Set against the backdrop of the Gordon Riots of 1780, Barnaby Rudge is a story of mystery and suspense which begins with an unsolved murder and goes on to involve conspiracy, blackmail, abduction and retribution. Through the course of the novel fathers and sons become opposed, apprentices plot against their masters and anti-Catholic mobs rampage through the streets. And, as London erupts into riot, Barnaby Rudge himself struggles to escape the curse of his own past. With its dramatic descriptions of public violence and private horror, its strange secrets and ghostly doublings, Barnaby Rudge is a powerful, disturbing blend of historical realism and Gothic melodrama. This edition is based on the first one-volume publication of Barnaby Rudge, reproducing all the original illustrations. Appendices include a map of London at the time of the Gordon Riots and the preface to the 1969 edition.
By:   Charles Dickens
Edited by:   John Bowen
Imprint:   Penguin Classics
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 34mm
Weight:   543g
ISBN:   9780140437287
ISBN 10:   0140437282
Pages:   800
Publication Date:   05 May 2003
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Charles Dickens (1812-70) was a political reporter and journalist before establishing his reputation as a novelist with PICKWICK PAPERS (1836-7). His novels captured and held the public imagination over a period of more than thirty years. John Bowen teaches English at the University of Keele. He has written widely on Charles Dickens and is the author of 'Other Dickens: Pickwick to Dombey' (OUP, 2000).

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