After his father’s untimely death, Nicholas Nickleby is charged with supporting his mother and sister as he finds his way in the world. Broke, Nickleby goes to his maleficent uncle Ralph for help. The ruthless and resentful businessman appeases his nephew with a thankless position at a grim orphans’ home. Nickleby is swiftly conspired against, and the young man is forced to leave his family and London behind. Accompanied by colorful eccentrics and a rogues’ gallery of villains, Nickleby is tested at every turn on his journey home and to self-discovery.
With its dark wit, bighearted romance, and rage against the cruelties of Victorian England, Nicholas Nickleby is one of Charles Dickens’s most unforgettable and exuberant epics.
Revised edition: Previously published as Nicholas Nickleby, this edition of Nicholas Nickleby (AmazonClassics Edition) includes editorial revisions.