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The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit by Charles Dickens

Dickens thought it was “in a hundred points, immeasurably the best” of his stories. Yet it was also one of his greatest flops. Compared to his other novels, The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit was a dismal failure in terms of sales and the main reason for Dickens falling out with his long term publisher Chapman & Hall. They invoked a penalty clause and demanded that he pay back a portion of the advance which he refused. Martin Chuzzlewit was also dimly received in Dickens friendly America. Its vitriolic satire of American customs and manners was met with astonished rage on the other side of the Atlantic and Dickens began to receive masses of hate mail from offended Americans.The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit, His Relatives, Friends and Enemies, comprising All His Wills and Ways... The Whole Forming a Complete Key to the House of Chuzzlewit is the original title, in typical elaborate Dickensian overkill. In fact, in his almost apologetic preface to the first edition, he justifies it. He declares, “What is exaggeration to one class of minds and perceptions is plain truth to another...” and goes on to testify that some of the events and characters in his works are based on reality and not wholly imagined.Martin Chuzzlewit is the tale of a most unprepossessing set of Chuzzlewits. Martin senior, a miserly millionaire has adopted a young girl with the idea of having free help around the house. His grandson falls in love with this hapless orphan whose employment and connection to the house is to last only as long as the old man lives. Young Martin rebels and leaves the house to seek employment with a crooked and greedy architect, Seth Pecksniff (one of Dickens' most memorable villains) Meanwhile, more Chuzzlewits emerge in the form of Anthony and his son Jonas who have concocted a nefarious Ponzi scheme. Young Martin travels to America and almost dies in a malaria ridden swamp. This is the turning point of Martin's life and he becomes a changed man. The rest of the story follows quintessential Dickensian twists and turns.Some of the most hilarious passages in English literature are contained in Martin Chuzzelwit. It also features two of Dickens' wickedest villains, Pecksniff and Jonas Chuzzlewit. In Tom Pinch and Mark Tapley, the reader finds much to commend, while Sairey Gamp is one of Dickens' most famous female villains.Martin Chuzzlewit is one of the best of Dickens and indeed a great addition to your bookshelf!

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Dickens thought it was “in a hundred points, immeasurably the best” of his stories. Yet it was also one of his greatest flops. Compared to his other novels, The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit was a dismal failure in terms of sales and the main reason for Dickens falling out with his long term publisher Chapman & Hall. They invoked a penalty clause and demanded that he pay back a portion of the advance which he refused. Martin Chuzzlewit was also dimly received in Dickens friendly America. Its vitriolic satire of American customs and manners was met with astonished rage on the other side of the Atlantic and Dickens began to receive masses of hate mail from offended Americans.The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit, His Relatives, Friends and Enemies, comprising All His Wills and Ways... The Whole Forming a Complete Key to the House of Chuzzlewit is the original title, in typical elaborate Dickensian overkill. In fact, in his almost apologetic preface to the first edition, he justifies it. He declares, “What is exaggeration to one class of minds and perceptions is plain truth to another...” and goes on to testify that some of the events and characters in his works are based on reality and not wholly imagined.Martin Chuzzlewit is the tale of a most unprepossessing set of Chuzzlewits. Martin senior, a miserly millionaire has adopted a young girl with the idea of having free help around the house. His grandson falls in love with this hapless orphan whose employment and connection to the house is to last only as long as the old man lives. Young Martin rebels and leaves the house to seek employment with a crooked and greedy architect, Seth Pecksniff (one of Dickens' most memorable villains) Meanwhile, more Chuzzlewits emerge in the form of Anthony and his son Jonas who have concocted a nefarious Ponzi scheme. Young Martin travels to America and almost dies in a malaria ridden swamp. This is the turning point of Martin's life and he becomes a changed man. The rest of the story follows quintessential Dickensian twists and turns.Some of the most hilarious passages in English literature are contained in Martin Chuzzelwit. It also features two of Dickens' wickedest villains, Pecksniff and Jonas Chuzzlewit. In Tom Pinch and Mark Tapley, the reader finds much to commend, while Sairey Gamp is one of Dickens' most famous female villains.Martin Chuzzlewit is one of the best of Dickens and indeed a great addition to your bookshelf!

Preface and Postscript

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Jan 02 2022

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Chapter 01 – Introductory, Concerning The Pedigree Of The Chuzzlewit Family

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Jan 01 2022

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Chapter 02a – Wherein Certain Persons Are Presented To The Reader, With Whom He May, If He Please, Become Better Acquainted – part 1

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Dec 31 2021

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Chapter 02b – Wherein Certain Persons Are Presented To The Reader, With Whom He May, If He Please, Become Better Acquainted – Part 2

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Dec 30 2021

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Chapter 03a – In Which Certain Other Persons Are Introduced; On The Same Terms As In The Last Chapter, Part 1

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Dec 29 2021

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Chapter 03b – In Which Certain Other Persons Are Introduced; On The Same Terms As In The Last Chapter, Part 2

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Dec 28 2021

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Chapter 04a – From Which It Will Appear That If Union Be Strength, And Family Affection Be Pleasant To Contemplate, The Chuzzlewits Were The Strongest And Most Agreeable Family In The World, Part 1

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Dec 27 2021

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Chapter 04b – From Which It Will Appear That If Union Be Strength, And Family Affection Be Pleasant To Contemplate, The Chuzzlewits Were The Strongest And Most Agreeable Family In The World, Part 2

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Dec 26 2021

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Chapter 05a – Containing A Full Account Of The Installation Of Mr Pecksniff’s New Pupil Into The Bosom Of Mr Pecksniff’s Family. With All The Festivities Held On That Occasion, And The Great Enjoyment Of Mr Pinch, Part 1

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Dec 25 2021

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Chapter 05b – Containing A Full Account Of The Installation Of Mr Pecksniff’s New Pupil Into The Bosom Of Mr Pecksniff’s Family. With All The Festivities Held On That Occasion, And The Great Enjoyment Of Mr Pinch, Part 2

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Dec 24 2021

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Chapter 06 – Comprises, Among Other Important Matters, Pecksniffian And Architectural, And Exact Relation Of The Progress Made By Mr Pinch In The Confidence And Friendship Of The New Pupil

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Dec 23 2021

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Chapter 07 – In Which Mr Chevy Slyme Asserts The Independence Of His Spirit, And The Blue Dragon Loses A Limb

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Dec 22 2021

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Chapter 08 – Accompanies Mr Pecksniff And His Charming Daughters To The City Of London; And Relates What Fell Out Upon Their Way Thither

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Dec 21 2021

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Chapter 09a – Town And Todger’s, Part 1

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Dec 20 2021

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Chapter 09b – Town And Todger’s, Part 2

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Dec 19 2021

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Chapter 10 – Containing Strange Matter, On Which Many Events In This History May, For Their Good Or Evil Influence, Chiefly Depend

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Dec 18 2021

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Chapter 11a – Wherein A Certain Gentleman Becomes Particular In His Attentions To A Certain Lady; And More Coming Events Than One, Cast Their Shadows Before, Part 1

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Dec 17 2021

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Chapter 11b – Wherein A Certain Gentleman Becomes Particular In His Attentions To A Certain Lady; And More Coming Events Than One, Cast Their Shadows Before, Part 2

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Dec 16 2021

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Chapter 12a – Will Be Seen In The Long Run, If Not In The Short One, To Concern Mr Pinch And Others, Nearly. Mr Pecksniff Asserts The Dignity Of Outraged Virtue. Young Martin Chuzzlewit Forms A Desperate Resolution, Part 1

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Dec 15 2021

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Chapter 12b – Will Be Seen In The Long Run, If Not In The Short One, To Concern Mr Pinch And Others, Nearly. Mr Pecksniff Asserts The Dignity Of Outraged Virtue. Young Martin Chuzzlewit Forms A Desperate Resolution, Part 2

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Dec 14 2021

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