- One of Dickens's greatest works of social criticism, Little Dorrit's scathing indictment of mid-Victorian England centres on the Marshalsea Prison and the Dorrit family who live there, against a background of government incompetence and financial scandal.
- This edition uses the definitive Clarendon text and includes all the original illustrations by Phiz.
- Wide-ranging introduction highlights Dickens's move from social and political to more personal, even spiritual concerns while maintaining the wide scope of his mature fiction.
- Appendix reproduces Dickens's number plans for the novel.
- Map of London.
- Up-to-date bibliography and full chronology of the author's life and times.
New to this edition
- All the illustrations by Phiz (previous edition only included 8 out of 41).
- New Introduction by Dennis Walder.
- New bibliography.
- Substantially revised and updated notes.
- New, fuller chronology.
- Map of London.
- Text entirely re-set in a larger, more attractive, and unworn typeface.
'Clennam rose softly, opened and closed the door without a sound, and passed from the prison, carrying the quiet with him into the turbulent streets.'
Introspective and dreamy, Arthur Clennam returns to England from many years abroad to find a people gripped in their self-made social and mental prisons. Against a background of government incompetence and financial scandal, he searches for the key to the affairs of the Dorrit family, prisoners for debt in the Marshalsea. He discovers through the seamstress Amy Dorrit the fulfilment of which he dreams, but only after he learns to understand his own heart. Revelation and redemption haunt Dickens's portrayal of human relations as fundamentally distorted by class and money. The swindling financier Merdle, the bureaucratic nightmare of the Circumlocution Office, and a teeming cast of characters display the inadequacy of secular morality in the face of contemporary social and political confusion. Mixing humour and pathos, irony and satire, Dickens's eleventh novel reveals a master of fiction in top form.
This new edition, based on the definitive Clarendon text, includes all of Phiz's original illustrations and a wide-ranging introduction highlighting Dickens's move to more personal and spiritual concerns.
Readership: Readers of classic fiction, especially Victorian literature, readers of Dickens; students of the 19th century novel, Victorian studies, Society and the Novel, the Novel and Religion, Charles Dickens.