Bleak House

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A tale of family secrets and the damaging corruption of the British legal system from the author of Great Expectations and Oliver Twist.
 
In Bleak House, Charles Dickens not only pries apart the stultifying and ponderous conduct and contracts of British moneyed society, but also takes specific aim at an English judicial system in desperate need of modernization and reform.

Featuring the voice of Esther Summerson—Dickens’s only female narrator—the story unfolds around a generations-old legal case involving numerous inheritances. It is Esther’s hidden birthright that sparks the drama, bringing to light such memorable characters as the Lady Dedlock, haunted by her shameful past; John Jarndyce, whose seemingly infinite kindness is driven by hidden guilt; and the sly lawyer Mr. Tulkinghorn, who secretly relishes the power his position gives him over his clients.
 
Weaving a complex web of plots and subplots, Dickens created one of his most dramatically satisfying and boldly ambitious narratives in Bleak House, as the novel offers a scathing indictment of the mores and moral injustices of his time.
 
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Open Road Media
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Published on
Sep 12, 2017
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594
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ISBN
9781504048187
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English
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Fiction / Biographical
Fiction / Classics
Fiction / Coming of Age
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CONTENTS:

A DINNER AT POPLAR WALK

The Novels
ALL THE NOVELS
JOHN JASPER’S SECRET BY HENRY MORFORD

The Christmas Novellas
A CHRISTMAS CAROL
THE CHIMES
THE CRICKET ON THE HEARTH
THE BATTLE OF LIFE
THE HAUNTED MAN AND THE GHOST’S BARGAIN

The Short Stories
LIST OF SHORT STORIES

The Short Story Collections
SKETCHES BY BOZ
ORIGINAL PUBLISHED ORDER OF THE SKETCHES
MASTER HUMPHREY'S CLOCK
REPRINTED PIECES

The Collaborative Works
ALLTHE COLLABORATIVE WORKS

The Plays
THE STRANGE GENTLEMAN
THE VILLAGE COQUETTES
IS SHE HIS WIFE? OR, SOMETHING SINGULAR!
THE LAMPLIGHTER
MR. NIGHTINGALE’S DIARY
THE FROZEN DEEP
NO THOROUGHFARE

The Poetry
LIST OF THE POETRY

The Non-Fiction
AMERICAN NOTES
PICTURES FROM ITALY
THE LIFE OF OUR LORD
A CHILD’S HISTORY OF ENGLAND
THE UNCOMMERCIAL TRAVELLER
THE COMPLETE SPEECHES
THE COMPLETE LETTERS
MISCELLANEOUS PAPERS and many more

The Adaptations
TALES FROM DICKENS BY HALLIE ERMINIE RIVES
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The Criticism
MANY ESSAYS BY FAMOUS WRITERS AND CRITICS

The Biographies
THE LIFE OF CHARLES DICKENS BY JOHN FORSTER
DICKENS BY SIR ADOLPHUS WILLIAM WARD
LIFE OF CHARLES DICKENS BY SIR FRANK T. MARZIALS
VICTORIAN WORTHIES: CHARLES DICKENS BY G.H. BLORE
DICKENS' LONDON BY M. F. MANSFIELD
MY FATHER AS I RECALL HIM BY MAMIE DICKENS
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