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Best edition of Bleak House?

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mar 13, 2009, 9:53pm

Any recommendations for particular edition of Bleak House?

I'm a librarian and former English major. I am consciously approaching Bleak House as an active (as opposed to passive) read, so I'm interested in related resources, glossary terms, etc. But it is still a personal pleasure read.

mar 14, 2009, 1:42am

I have the Penguin classics edition. I thought the notes were very good.

mar 14, 2009, 2:11am

After signing up to read the Bleak House, I went out and bought a copy published in 2005 by Barnes & Noble. It has about fifteen pages of introduction and notes.

I don't know other editions well to make a fair comparison. BPL's online e-book collection has a copy published by Project Gutenberg. It doesn't have intro & notes, and jumps right in to Preface, then Chapter 1.

That's all the information I have. Wish I could be of more help.

mar 14, 2009, 4:03am

Penguin and Modern Library are probably the best editions in terms of notes and introductions. You MUST choose an edition with the illustrations by Phiz. They are an integral part of the book, and add greatly to the pleasure of reading it.

mar 14, 2009, 5:54am

I don't know about Bleak House in particular, but Oxford U. Press definitely does the best footnotes. (Or endnotes? Can't remember.) Thorough and interesting.

mar 14, 2009, 11:40am

Thank you all! I will definitely look for the Phiz illustrations. I'm going to look today at the B&N and Books-a-Million nearby so I can get started reading! Hopefully they'll have the Penguin or Modern Library. I also requested the Norton Critical Ed. through my library ILL so I could see the essays and notes in that version, but I knew it wouldn't be available locally (published 1977) for me to get started as soon as I wanted.

mar 14, 2009, 8:41pm

I ended up just getting The Modern Library edition because that was the only copy available at 3 separate bookstores, including large B&N and BAM! There were numerous editions of David Copperfield, Tale of Two Cities, and others, but only this single copy of Bleak House! Being rather ignorant of Dickens history, I'm surprised by this because of all the reviews I've read that laud Bleak House as his best.

mar 26, 2009, 7:46am

I'm listening to the unabridged audio as read by David Case (a/k/a Frederick Davidson) - may sound creepy, but I'd like to see "before" and "after" pictures of Esther, to get an idea of how much she changed.

Redigerat: mar 28, 2009, 10:31pm



But don't worry... most of the scars faded!

mar 30, 2009, 9:34pm

Thanks - that Guppy deserved what he got at the end!