I’m bringing you another Vintage book from my bookshelves this Throwback Thursday.
Today we have Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens, published by P. F. Collier & Son, New York in 1911. These are volumes 11 and 12 from a 30 volume set.
The front flap indicates that these were owned by the “Nancy Carson Library” in North Augusta, South Carolina. A handwritten note puts the donation in July of 1933.
There is a total of 26 illustrations in these two volumes. Nicholas Nickleby was Charles Dickens’s third novel. It was original published in a serial from 1836-1839. The story centers on the life and adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, a young man who must support his mother and sister after his father dies. The story has been adapted for screen/stage at least seven times, with actors like Tom Hiddleston (Loki), Nathan Lane (Guys and Dolls), and Anne Hathaway (Les Mis, Ella Enchanted).
Charles John Huffman Dickens dropped out of school to work when his father went into Debtors’ Prison. Despite his lack of formal education, he edited a weekly journal for 20 years, wrote 15 novels, hundreds of other stories, and non-fiction articles, and lectured extensively. He also campaigned vigorously for children’s rights and education, being a victim of that circumstance himself. He used cliffhangers prolifically in his serials. His writing was so popular that non-readers would pay to have them read aloud. The young Queen Victoria is known to have read both Oliver Twist and The Pickwick Papers and stayed up until midnight discussing them.
He is also known for creating the “Urania House”. It was a place for “ladies of the night” (not vampires) to learn to read and write. Around 100 women graduated from this program.
The pain of parting is nothing to the joy of meeting again.Charles Dickens
Most men unconsciously judge the world from themselves, and it will be very generally found that those who sneer habitually at human nature, and affect to despise it, are among its worst and least pleasant samples.Charles Dickens
In journeys, as in life, it is a great deal easier to go down hill than upCharles Dickens
Family need not be defined merely as those with whom we share blood, but as those for whom we would give our blood.Charles Dickens
But I am thinking like a lover, or like an ass: which I suppose is pretty nearly the same.Charles Dickens