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Martin Chuzzlewit is a comic masterpiece which courted controversy on publication with its scathing portrayal of nineteenth-century America

WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY SIMON CALLOW

Wealthy old Martin Chuzzlewit is surrounded by a host of grasping, unscrupulous relatives and suspects the family vices of selfishness and greed are already showing in his grandson. The younger Martin is therefore cast out upon the world to learn to fend for himself. Apprenticed to the oily hypocrite Peckniff, he meets both the sweet-tempered Tom Pinch and the irrepressible Mark Tapley, with whom he sets forth to America to find his fortune. Dickens created some of his most gleefully repulsive and enduring characters in this tale of corruption and virtue, murder and unrequited love.

Reviews

A novel that British readers love, and American readers love to hate...the American scenes are among the most powerful things Dickens ever did in fiction

Guardian

Peckniff, the arch villain of Martin Chuzzlewit, is in some ways the archetypal hypocrite and yet he's constantly surprising you...vivid detail

David Lodge, Time Out

One of my favourite characters in English literature is the redoubtable Mark Tapley - a curious hybrid of Jeeves and Pollyanna who inhabits the pages of Dickens's great novel, Martin Chuzzlewit.

Michael Simkins, Daily Telegraph

Like all Dickens' novels it manages to combine social justice with humour

Author Nicholas Rhea

After leaving school, I sought refuge from the perils of office life by reading under my desk or on park benches during the lunch hour. Dickens was my preferred means of escape

Jeremy Lewis, Daily Telegraph

Dickens' funniest novel

William Boyd

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    9780099540854

    December 1, 2010

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    960 pages

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    9780140436143

    April 21, 2000

    Penguin Classics

    864 pages

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  • Martin Chuzzlewit
    Charles Dickens, Charles Dickens

    Hardback

    9781857152005

    November 15, 1994

    Everyman

    851 pages

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  • Martin Chuzzlewit
    Charles Dickens

    EBook

    9780141973791

    October 24, 2012

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    9781409061298

    December 1, 2010

    Cornerstone Digital

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    Charles Dickens, Charles Dickens

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    9780141908137

    April 21, 2000

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