Dickens' third novel, and Paul McCartney's favorite bookWhen Nicholas's father dies he, his mother, and his sister, Kate, are left penniless. To earn his keep, Nicholas becomes a tutor at Dotheboys Hall but soon discovers that the headmaster, Wackford Squeers, is a one-eyed tyrant who insists on a harsh regime. Nicholas embarks on an adventure that takes him from loathsome boarding schools to the London stage. Dickens confronts issues of neglect and cruelty in this blackly comic masterpeice.
About the Author
Charles Dickens (18121870) is considered one of the English language's greatest writers. His works include "The Adventures of Oliver Twist," "A Christmas Carol," "David Copperfield," "Great Expectations," "The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby," and "A Tale of Two Cities.""
"The novel has everything: an absorbing melodrama, with a supporting cast of heroes, villains and eccentrics, set in a London where vast wealth and desperate poverty live cheek-by-jow."
--Jasper Rees, The Times
"Nicholas Nickleby was a revelation. Here was a school -- Dotheboy's Hall, with its grotesque headmaster, Wackford Squeers -- which was even worse than the prison camp to which my poor innocent parents had confined me! The story of Dotheboy's Hall seemed horribly familiar -- the beatings, the bad food. But here was something to which even a child could respond, As well as being sympathetic to the plight of the children, the author was hilarious."