The Posthumous Papers The Pickwick Club BY Charles Dickens with With Forty Three Illustrations by R Seymour and Phiz


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1837 Charles Dickens Novel Pickwick Papers 1st Edition PHIZ

The Posthumous Papers

The Pickwick Club

BY Charles Dickens with

With Forty Three Illustrations by R Seymour and Phiz

The Pickwick Papers, or to give it its full title, The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, tell the adventures of Samuel Pickwick, gentleman, and his three companions: the optimistically romantic Mr Tupman, the hapless sportsman Mr Winkle, and the aspiring poet Mr Snodgrass. Together with Pickwick’s cheeky but trusty servant Sam Weller, these members of the Pickwick Club travel around the South East of England getting into a number of embarrassing scrapes, many of them often instigated by the mischievous scam-artist Mr Jingle.

Over the course of the novel several characters fall in love, or find themselves unwittingly at the centre of other love intrigues. Each new scene and adventure introduces a diverse mix of caricatures to amuse the reader. Though Pickwick frequently finds himself in ridiculous positions, in each adventure he proves himself benevolent and beloved. However, the one misadventure which overtakes him is that of his landlady Mrs Bardell, who mistakenly believes Pickwick to have proposed to her, and takes him to court for damages.

While the first half of the novel is largely episodic – an indication of the manner in which Dickens began the work – the second half becomes more coherent and focuses predominately on the trial of Bardell vs Pickwick and its aftereffects. Pickwick refuses to pay damages on principle, and so is placed in prison, where he meets Alfred Jingle once again, and Mrs Bardell herself, who has been promptly placed in prison by her own lawyers when they are unable to claim their fees thanks to Pickwick’s obstinance. The story ends with Pickwick triumphant, not only free from prison but also assisting both friends and enemies towards better lives and new beginnings.

As you can see from photos there is quite a bit of foxing but it’s a very old book so to be expected

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