Dozens of characters, including the innocent young narrator Esther Summerson, her friends Richard Carstone and Ada Clare, and the jaded aristocrats Sir Leicester and Lady Honoria Dedlock, are directly or indirectly caught up in the case.
The contextual documents have been selected with a keen eye for what modern readers need to know if they are to appreciate this wonderful novel in all its complexity. The edition will be an invaluable resource for those studying or teaching Dickens, but in addition will stimulate new thinking even among established Dickens scholars.
It is an excellent addition to the Broadview list. Her introduction contextualizes the novel in pertinent ways, the notes are helpful, and rich appendices provide a wide array of nineteenth-century documents necessary to grasp how the novel is both representative and highly original. Shires, Yeshiva University.
The TV adaptation, written by the award-winning Andrew Davies, comprised a one-hour opening episode followed by 14 half-hour episodes. It was shown twice weekly, using the pace, multiple storylines and cliff-hanger endings more usually associated with popular drama.
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The aim was to return Dickens to the broad audience he originally wrote for. It tells the story of the icily beautiful Lady Dedlock Gillian Anderson , who nurses a dark secret in her past, and the merciless lawyer Tulkinghorn Charles Dance , who seeks to uncover it.
Like Lady Dedlock, they're all caught up in the infamous case of Jarndyce vs Jarndyce, which will make one of them rich beyond imagination - if it can ever be brought to a conclusion. Jarndyce takes Esther under his wing as a companion for Ada, but then falls in love with her.
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