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Bleak House

Written by Charles Dickens
Illustrated by H. K. Browne
Introduction by Mary Gaitskill


Bleak House
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Category: Fiction - Classics
Imprint: Modern Library
Format: Trade Paperback
Pub Date: July 2002
Price: $11.95
Can. Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-76005-1 (0-375-76005-9)
Pages: 928
Also available as an eBook, eBook, hardcover, paperback and a trade paperback.



 
Widely regarded as Dickens’s masterpiece, Bleak House centers on the generations-long lawsuit Jarndyce and Jarndyce, through which “whole families have inherited legendary hatreds.” Focusing on Esther Summerson, a ward of John Jarndyce, the novel traces Esther’s romantic coming-of-age and, in classic Dickensian style, the gradual revelation of long-buried secrets, all set against the foggy backdrop of the Court of Chancery. Mixing romance, mystery, comedy, and satire, Bleak House limns the suffering caused by the intricate inefficiency of the law.

The text of this Modern Library Paperback Classic was set from the first single-volume edition, published by Bradbury & Evans in 1853, and reproduces thirty-nine of H. K. Browne’s original illustrations for the book.

“Perhaps Bleak House is his best novel. . . . When Dickens wrote Bleak House he had grown up.” —G. K. Chesterton



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 
Mary Gaitskill is the author of a novel, Two Girls, Fat and Thin, and two collections of stories, Bad Behavior and Because They Wanted To. She lives in New York.





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