Our Mutual Friend (Paperback)

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Following his father's death John Harmon returns to London to claim his inheritance, but he finds he is eligible only if he marries Bella Wilfur. To observe her character he assumes another identity and secures work with his father's foreman, Mr Boffin, who is also Bella's guardian.
Disguise and concealment play an important role in the novel and individual identity is examined within the wider setting of London life: in the 1860s the city was aflame with spiralling financial speculation while thousands of homeless scratched a living from the detritus of the more fortunate-indeed John Harmon's father has amassed his wealth by recycling waste.
This edition includes extensive explanatory notes and significant manuscript variants.
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About the Author

Arguably one of the greatest writers of the Victorian era, Charles Dickens is the author of such literary masterpieces as A Tale of Two Cities (1859), A Christmas Carol (1843), David Copperfield (1850), and The Adventures of Oliver Twist (1839), among many others. Dickens' s indelible characters and timeless stories continue to resonate with readers around the world more than 130 years after his death. Dickens was born in 1812 and died in 1870.

Michael Cotsell received his Ph.D. in literature (Victorian studies) from Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham, England. He taught in Zimbabwe and Northern Ireland before joining the University of Delaware's English Department in 1989. His research is primarily concerned with the relations of trauma and culture, particularly with reference to American and postcolonial literatures. Dr. Cotsell was Associate Editor of
Product Details
ISBN: 9780199536252
ISBN-10: 0199536252
Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks
Publication Date: January 2009
Pages: 880
Language: English