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(07/15/2008) Bleak House by Charles Dickens. New York. 1985. Penguin Books. Edited By Norman Page & With An Introduction By J. Hillis Miller. keywords: Literature England 19th Century. 965 pages. The cover shows a detail from Waiting for the Verdict by Abraham Solomon in the Tunbridge Wells Museum. 0140430636.

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   An extraordinary, panoramic example of Dickens's creative power Modern critics, in making claims for Dickens as a profoundly serious novelist as well as a great entertainer, have most often turned for their evidence to BLEAK HOUSE, in which, in Professor Hillis Miller's words, 'Dickens constructed a model in little of English society in his time. In no other of his novels is the canvas broader, the sweep more inclusive, the linguistic and dramatic texture richer, the gallery of comic grotesques more extraordinary. ' At the Court of Chancery the interminable suit of Jarndyce and Jarndyce becomes the centre of a web of relationships at all levels, from Sir Leicester Dedlock to Jo the crossing-sweeper, and a metaphor for the decay and corruption at the heart of English society.

 

 

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