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THE OLD CURIOSITY SHOE BY: CHARLES DICKENS

THE OLD CURIOSITY SHOE BY: CHARLES DICKENS

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FEATURES: THE OLD CURIOSITY SHOE BY: CHARLES DICKENS
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A) CONDITION BOOK: FINE - HARD BOUND
B) CONDITION DUST JACKET: NOT ISSUED - BOX ISSUED BRODART
C) LATEST REPRINT - GLASGOW AND COLLINS 1966
D) NOTE:  VARIED PAGES.
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BOOK GRADING CATEGORIES:
FINE
VERY GOOD
GOOD
FAIR
POOR
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The Old Curiosity Shop is one of two novels (the other being Barnaby Rudge) which Charles Dickens published along with short stories in his weekly serial Master Humphrey's Clock, from 1840 to 1841. It was so popular that New York readers stormed the wharf when the ship bearing the final instalment arrived in 1841.[1] The Old Curiosity Shop was printed in book form in 1841.  The plot follows the life of Nell Trent and her grandfather, both residents of The Old Curiosity Shop in London.  Queen Victoria read the novel in 1841 and found it "very interesting and cleverly written".[2]

Background

The events of the book seem to take place around 1825. In Chapter 29, Miss Monflathers refers to the death of Lord Byron, who died on 19 April 1824. When the inquest rules (incorrectly) that Quilp committed suicide, his corpse is ordered to be buried at a crossroads with a stake through the heart, a practice banned in 1823.

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Nell's grandfather, after his breakdown, fears that he shall be sent to a madhouse, and there chained to a wall and whipped; these practices went out of use after about 1830.[citation needed] In Chapter 13, the lawyer Mr. Brass is described as "one of Her Majesty's attornies" [sic], putting him in the reign of Queen Victoria, which began in 1837, but given all the other evidence, and the fact that Kit, at his trial, is charged with acting "against the peace of our Sovereign Lord the King" (referring to William IV), this must be a slip of the pen.

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