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Hardback. Olive green cloth. Spine, gilt letters and motif, shelf worn. Front-board, Gilt letters and motif, shelf-worn, bumped. Backboard, shelf-worn, some staining, bumped. Top edge gilt, deckled fore-edge and bottom, handling marks. Used fair condition. Front paste-down, Portrait of author aged 27, scuffed. End-paper, marked. Back paste-down, portrait of author aged 58 scuffed, marked, End-paper marked, scuffed. Half-title page, foxed. Editorial page and flyleaf foxed. Both front-piece pictures and tissue loose from text block, marked and foxed. All pages are complete but some are marked.
Publisher: Chapman and Hall, 1901.
The novel has a primary theme of growth and the changes that occur on the way to maturity. In addition, Dickens included many aspects of Victorian Era life that he wanted to highlight or wished to change, which were primarily integrated into the story, using satire as one device. The plight of prostitutes and the attitude of middle class society to them, the status of women in marriage, the rigid class structure, are aspects that he highlighted, while the system for handling criminals, the quality of schools, and the employment of children in the fast-spreading factories of the 19th century were aspects he wished to influence, to change for the better. He, among other authors, achieved success in bringing about changes regarding child labour and schooling for more children up to age 12.
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