Death and Mr. Pickwick

Death and Mr. Pickwick

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One does not need to have read a single word of The Pickwick Papers to be enthralled by the story of how this extraordinary novel came to be. The creation and afterlife of this masterpiece is the subject of Stephen Jarvis's novel ... This vast, intricately constructed, indeed Dickensian work is at once [an] ... homage to a much-loved book, tracing its genesis and subsequent history in ... detail, and a damning indictment of how an ambitious young writer expropriated another man's ideas and then engaged in an elaborate cover-up of The Pickwick Papers' true origin.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, ©2015
ISBN: 9780374139667
Branch Call Number: JARVIS
Characteristics: 802 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Death and Mister Pickwick


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Jul 02, 2015

A passage from the book will suffice to describe ".......this work has much in common with the villainous windings of a stream, or even the visual disruptions of a migrainous zigzag, and its coherence must emerge, rather than be laid down." The Victorian era doesn't appear to be as strait-laced as it appears in history books in this rollicking account of a depressive illustrator.

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