Bleak House

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Penguin UK, Dec 6, 2012 - Fiction - 1104 pages

'Fog everywhere. Fog up the river, where it flows among green aits and meadows; fog down the river, where it rolls defiled among the tiers of shipping, and the waterside pollutions of a great (and dirty) city. Fog on the Essex marshes, fog on the Kentish heights. Fog creeping into the cabooses of collier-brigs...'

As the interminable case of Jarndyce and Jarndyce grinds its way through the Court of Chancery, it draws together a disparate group of people: Ada and Richard Clare, whose inheritance is gradually being devoured by legal costs; Esther Summerson, a ward of court, whose parentage is a source of deepening mystery; the menacing lawyer Tulkinghorn; the determined sleuth Inspector Bucket; and even Jo, the destitute little crossing-sweeper. A savage, but often comic, indictment of a society that is rotten to the core, Bleak House is one of Dickens's most ambitious novels, with a range that extends from the drawing rooms of the aristocracy to the poorest of London slums.

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Contents

A Turn of the Screw
Esthers Narrative
PART TWELVE
Chesney Wold
Jarndyce and Jarndyce
A Struggle
PART THIRTEEN
Attorney and Client

The Ghosts Walk
PART THREE
Covering a Multitude of Sins
Signs and Tokens
The LawWriter
PART FOUR
Our Dear Brother
On the Watch
Esthers Narrative
PART FIVE
Deportment
Bell Yard
TomallAlones
PART
Esthers Narrative
Lady Dedlock
Moving
PART SEVEN
A New Lodger
The Smallweed Family
Mr Bucket
PART EIGHT
Esthers Narrative
An Appeal Case
Mrs Snagsby Sees It
PART NINE
Sharpshooters
More Old Soldiers than
The Ironmaster
The Young
PART
Esthers Narrative
Nurse and Patient
The Appointed Time
PART ELEVEN
Interlopers
National and Domestic
In Mr Tulkinghorns Room
In Mr Tulkinghorns Chambers
PART FOURTEEN
Esthers Narrative
The Letter and the Answer
In Trust
Stop Him
PART FIFTEEN
Jos Will
Closing
Dutiful Friendship
PART SIXTEEN
Esthers Narrative
Enlightened
Obstinacy
The Track
PART SEVENTEEN
Springing a Mine
Flight
Pursuit
PART EIGHTEEN
Esthers Narrative
A Wintry Day and Night
Esthers Narrative
PARTS NINETEEN AND TWENTY
Perspective
A Discovery
Another Discovery
Steel and Iron
Esthers Narrative
Beginning the World
Down in Lincolnshire
The Close of Esthers Narrative
Bleak House by J Hillis Miller
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Charles Dickens (1812-70) had his first, astounding success with his first novel The Pickwick Papers and never looked back. In an extraordinarily full life he wrote, campaigned and spoke on a huge range of issues, and was involved in many of the key aspects of Victorian life, by turns cajoling, moving and irritating. He completed fourteen full-length novels and volume after volume of journalism. His tenth novel, Bleak House delivers a savage indictment of both England's chancery and the vast disparity between the country's rich and poor.

The Pickwick Papers, Oliver Twist, Nicholas Nickleby, The Old Curiosity Shop, Barnaby Rudge, A Christmas Carol, Martin Chuzzlewit, Dombey and Son, David Copperfield, Hard Times, Little Dorrit, A Tale of Two Cities, Great Expectations, Our Mutual Friend and The Mystery of Edwin Drood are also published in the Penguin English Library.

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