Dickens: Nicholas Nickleby


Dickens: Nicholas Nickleby


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    Charles Dickens (1812–1870) was the most popular novelist of the Victorian world, prolifically decorating themes of social reform with well-spun tales and galleries of sharply observed, well-rounded characters, such as the monstrous schoolteacher and figure of fun Wackford Squeers, in Nicholas Nickleby. This is the autograph manuscript of the opening of chapter 15. Dickens wrote the book in 19 monthly instalments from 1838 to 1839, at the same time as working on Oliver Twist and several other books and articles (perhaps necessitated by his recent marriage and rapidly growing family). It achieved the target of one of Dickens’s moral and social campaigns: cleaning up the notorious Yorkshire boarding schools, represented by Dotheboys Hall.


    Shelfmark: Add. MS 57493, f.1

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