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Old Curiosity Shop

A novel by Dickens, published 1841. It was originally intended to be fitted into the framework of Master Humphrey's Clock (1840–41), and Master Humphrey is, in fact, the narrator of the ...

Old Curiosity Shop, The

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The Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature (4 ed.)

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... Curiosity Shop, The A novel by Charles Dickens , published as a separate volume 1841 . It was originally intended to be fitted into the framework of Master Humphrey's Clock ( 1840–41 ), but this narrative was soon abandoned. Nell Trent lives in the grotesque atmosphere of the old curiosity shop kept by her grandfather. Reduced to poverty, he has borrowed money from Daniel Quilp, a hideous dwarf and a monster of iniquity, and this money he secretly expends in gambling, in the vain hope of retrieving his fortunes. Quilp, who believes him a rich miser,...

Old Curiosity Shop, The

Old Curiosity Shop, The   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to English Literature (7 ed.)

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... Curiosity Shop, The A novel by Charles Dickens , published as a separate volume 1841 . It was originally intended to be fitted into the framework of Master Humphrey's Clock ( 1840–41 ), but this narrative was soon abandoned. Nell Trent lives in the grotesque atmosphere of the old curiosity shop kept by her grandfather, whom she devotedly tends. Reduced to poverty, he has borrowed money from Daniel Quilp, a hideous dwarf and a monster of iniquity, and this money he secretly expends in gambling, in the vain hope of retrieving his fortunes. Quilp, who...

Old Curiosity Shop, The

Old Curiosity Shop, The   Reference library

Paul Schlicke

The Oxford Reader's Companion to Dickens

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... fairs and itinerant entertainers ; Schlicke 1985 ). The Old Curiosity Shop is thus a highly topical work, even as its deliberate blurring of time and place and its affinities with pantomime, fairy tale and Punch and Judy lift it into a timeless world of imagination. Plot, Character, and Theme The Old Curiosity Shop begins with Nell Trent , a 13-year-old girl, lost at night in the streets of London. Master Humphrey (unnamed in the novel) takes her home to her grandfather in the curiosity shop, where he is struck by the incongruous contrast of her...

Old Curiosity Shop

Old Curiosity Shop  

A novel by Dickens, published 1841. It was originally intended to be fitted into the framework of Master Humphrey's Clock (1840–41), and Master Humphrey is, in fact, the narrator of the first few ...
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An Oxford Companion to the Romantic Age

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...'s ‘Repository of Arts’ in the Strand, the shops of Carington Bowles in St Paul's Churchyard, Colnaghi on Cockspur Street, Molteno on Pall Mall, and the windows of caricature specialists like Samuel William Fores and William Holland entertained passers-by with enticing displays of their wares. To judge from the comments of foreign visitors to London in the period, the informal, streetside exhibition created by the printsellers was regarded as a definitively British phenomenon. ‘A prodigious number of little shops, particularly about Westminster-hall, are...

14 Printed Ephemera

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Michael Harris

The Oxford Companion to the Book

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...Books, Newspapers and Manuscripts Relating to the Civil War, Commonwealth and Restoration Collected by George Thomason, 1641–1661 (2 vols, 1908) M. Harris , ‘Collecting Newspapers’, in Bibliophily , ed. M. Harris and R. Myers (1986) A. Heal , The Signboards of Old London Shops (1957) L. James , Print and the People, 1819–1951 (1976) J. Lewis , Ephemera (1962) ODNB M. Rickards , Collecting Printed Ephemera (1988) — The Encyclopedia of Ephemera , ed. M. Twyman et al. (2000) S. Shesgreen , ed., The Criers and Hawkers of London (1990) M....

42 The History of the Book in Japan

42 The History of the Book in Japan   Reference library

P. F. Kornicki

The Oxford Companion to the Book

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...but could not prevent smuggling; the detailed bureaucratic records now give a good idea of what books were legally imported to Japan and when. This system of import censorship remained rigidly in force until the 1720s when the Shogun Yoshimune, who was a man of scientific curiosity, relaxed the ban to permit books written by Jesuits to enter Japan so long as they were not about Christianity, so that their writings on astronomy could be of benefit to Japanese scholars. There was no censorship legislation aimed at domestically published books in the first...

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1 a character in Vanbrugh's The Confederacy;2 Sampson and his sister Sally, characters in Dickens's The Old Curiosity Shop.
Codlin and Short

Codlin and Short  

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In Dickens's The Old Curiosity Shop, travel about the country with a Punch and Judy show.
Quilp, Daniel and Mrs

Quilp, Daniel and Mrs  

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Characters in Dickens's The Old Curiosity Shop.
Swiveller, Dick

Swiveller, Dick  

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A character in Dickens's The Old Curiosity Shop.
Little Nell

Little Nell  

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(Trent), the heroine of Dickens's The Old Curiosity Shop.
Kit Nubbles

Kit Nubbles  

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A character in Dickens's The Old Curiosity Shop.
Mrs Jarley

Mrs Jarley  

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In Dickens's The Old Curiosity Shop, the proprietor of a travelling waxworks show.
Trent, Fred

Trent, Fred  

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A character in Dickens's The Old Curiosity Shop. His sister is ‘Little Nell’.
Mrs Jiniwin

Mrs Jiniwin  

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In Dickens's The Old Curiosity Shop, the mother of Mrs Quilp.
Nubbles, Mrs and Kit

Nubbles, Mrs and Kit  

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Characters in Dickens's The Old Curiosity Shop.
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Marchioness  

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A character in Dickens's The Old Curiosity Shop.
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1 Mr and Mrs, characters in Dickens's The Old Curiosity Shop;2 Anne, a character in Hardy's The Trumpet Major.
Wackles, Mrs and the Misses Melissa, Sophy, and Jane

Wackles, Mrs and the Misses Melissa, Sophy, and Jane  

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In Dickens's The Old Curiosity Shop, kept a ‘Ladies' Seminary’ at Chelsea.

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