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Bleak House
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Everymans Library
Publication date September 1, 1991
Binding Hardcover
Edition Reissue
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780679405689
ISBN-10 0679405682
Dimensions 1.75 by 5.75 by 8.50 in.
Weight 1 lbs.
Availability§ Publisher Out of Stock
Published in Great Britain
Original list price $26.00
§As reported by publisher
Summaries and Reviews
Summary
The English equity court of the nineteenth century is satirized in Dicken's tale about the suit of Jarndyce vs. Jarndyce.
Amazon.com description: Product Description: The complex story of a notorious law-suit in which love and inheritance are set against the classic urban background of 19th-century London, where fog on the river, seeping into the very bones of the characters, symbolizes the corruption of the legal system and the society which supports it.

“Jarndyce and Jarndyce” is an infamous lawsuit that has been in process for generations. Nobody can remember exactly how the case started but many different individuals have found their fortunes caught up in it. Esther Summerson watches as her friends and neighbours are consumed by their hopes and disappointments with the proceedings. But while the intricate puzzles of the lawsuit are being debated by lawyers, other more dramatic mysteries are unfolding that involve heartbreak, lost children, blackmail and murder.

The fog and cold that permeate Bleak House mirror a Victorian England mired in spiritual insolvency. Dickens brought all his passion, brilliance, and narrative verve to this huge novel of lives entangled in a multi-generational lawsuit—and through it, he achieved, at age 41, a stature almost Shakespearean.

Introduction by Barbara Hardy

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