ISBN 9780141439969 | 1024 pages | 27 Jan 2004 | Penguin Classics | 5.07 x 7.79in | 18 - AND UP
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Dickens's great satire on poverty, riches, and imprisonment
When Arthur Clennam returns to England after many years abroad, he takes a kindly interest in Amy Dorrit, his motherís seamstress, and in the affairs of Amyís father, William Dorrit, a man of shabby grandeur, long imprisoned for debt in the Marshalsea. As Arthur soon discovers, the dark shadow of the prison stretches far beyond its walls to affect the lives of many, from the kindly Mr. Pancks, the reluctant rent-collector of Bleeding Heart Yard, and the tipsily garrulous Flora Finching, to Merdle, an unscrupulous financier, and the bureaucratic Barnacles in the Circumlocution Office. A masterly evocation of the state and psychology of imprisonment, Little Dorrit is one of the supreme works of Dickensís maturity.