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Bleak House (Illustrated)

Charles Dickens

Bleak House is a novel by Charles Dickens, first published as a 20-episode serial between March 1852 and September 1853. The novel has many characters and several sub-plots, and is told partly by the novel's heroine, Esther Summerson, and partly by an omniscient narrator. At the centre of Bleak House is a long-running legal case in the Court of Chancery, Jarndyce and Jarndyce, which comes about because a testator has written several conflicting wills. In a preface to the 1853 first edition, Dickens claimed there were many actual precedents for his fictional case.One such was probably the Thellusson v Woodford case in which a will read in 1797 was contested and not determined until 1859. Though the legal profession criticised Dickens's satire as exaggerated, this novel helped support a judicial reform movement which culminated in the enactment of legal reform in the 1870s.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Independently Published
  • Publish Date: Feb 20th, 2021
  • Pages: 584
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 8.50in - 5.50in - 1.18in - 1.47lb
  • EAN: 9798711398813
  • Categories: Short Stories (single author)Classics