Martin Chuzzlewit, Volume 1

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ReadHowYouWant.com, Mar 14, 2009 - Family & Relationships - 536 pages
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The story centers on wealthy old Martin Chuzzlewit. His many relatives believe that he is at death's door, so they swarm about him like bees angling to get a piece of his fortune. The main theme of the novel is selfishness, which is portrayed in a satirical fashion using all the members of the Chuzzlewit family.
 

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Contents

CHAPTER TWO
12
CHAPTER THREE
45
CHAPTER FOUR
79
CHAPTER FIVE
117
CHAPTER SIX
159
CHAPTER SEVEN
188
CHAPTER EIGHT
219
CHAPTER NINE
240
CHAPTER TEN
289
CHAPTER ELEVEN
319
CHAPTER TWELVE
359
CHAPTER THIRTEEN
399
CHAPTER FOURTEEN
440
CHAPTER FIFTEEN
461
CHAPTER SIXTEEN
479
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Charles Dickens, perhaps the best British novelist of the Victorian era, was born in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England on February 7, 1812. His happy early childhood was interrupted when his father was sent to debtors' prison, and young Dickens had to go to work in a factory at age twelve. Later, he took jobs as an office boy and journalist before publishing essays and stories in the 1830s. His first novel, The Pickwick Papers, made him a famous and popular author at the age of twenty-five. Subsequent works were published serially in periodicals and cemented his reputation as a master of colorful characterization, and as a harsh critic of social evils and corrupt institutions. His many books include Oliver Twist, David Copperfield, Bleak House, Great Expectations, Little Dorrit, A Christmas Carol, and A Tale of Two Cities. Dickens married Catherine Hogarth in 1836, and the couple had nine children before separating in 1858 when he began a long affair with Ellen Ternan, a young actress. Despite the scandal, Dickens remained a public figure, appearing often to read his fiction. He died in 1870, leaving his final novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, unfinished.

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