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Sketches of Young Gentlemen and Young Couples: With Sketches of Young Ladies by Edward Caswall

ISBN : 9780199603282

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Author: 
Charles Dickens; "Phiz"
Pages
256 Pages
Format
Hardcover
Size
135 x 202 mm
Pub date
Nov 2011
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Following the phenomenal popularity of Sketches by Boz and The Pickwick Papers, Dickens produced two short volumes of Sketches of Young Gentlemen and Young Couples, in response to the appearance of Sketches of Young Ladies by 'Quiz'. Each volume purports to dissect the characteristics of familiar types such as 'The Bashful Young Gentleman', 'The Literary Young Lady', and 'The Couple who Coddle themselves'. Whimsical, satirical, witty and exuberant, the sketches ridicule the behaviour of their subjects with perfect comic effect, rendering Mr Whiffler, Mrs Chopper and their companions instantly recognizable. They offer intriguing glimpses of courtship rituals and relations between the sexes at the outset of the Victorian era, and fascinating evidence of a writer learning his craft and refining his style. This edition includes the original illustrations by Phiz, and an introduction that examines the appeal of the sketch, a literary genre in which Dickens excelled throughout his career.

Index: 

INTRODUCTION
SKETCHES OF YOUNG LADIES
The Young Lady who Sings
The Busy Young Lady
The Romantic Young Lady
The Evangelical Young Lady
The Matter-of-Fact Young Lady
The Plain Young Lady
The Literary Young Lady
The Manly Young Lady
The Young Lady who is Engaged
The Stupid Young Lady
The Interesting Young Lady
The Petting Young Lady
The Natural Historian Young Lady
The Indirect Young Lady
The Hyperbolical Young Lady
The Whimsical Young Lady
The Abstemious Young Lady
The Sincere Young Lady
The Affirmative Young Lady
The Clever Young Lady
The Mysterious Young Lady
The Extremely Natural Young Lady
The Lazy Young Lady
The Young Lady from School
Conclusion
SKETCHES OF YOUNG GENTLEMEN
The Bashful Young Gentleman
The Out-and-Out Young Gentleman
The Very Friendly Young Gentleman
The Military Young Gentleman
The Political Young Gentleman
The Domestic Young Gentleman
The Censorious Young Gentleman
The Funny Young Gentleman
The Theatrical Young Gentleman
The Poetical Young Gentleman
The "Throwing-off" Young Gentleman
The Young Ladies' Young Gentleman
Conclusion
SKETCHES OF YOUNG COUPLES
The Young Couple
The Formal Couple
The Loving Couple
The Contradictory Couple
The Couple who Dote upon their Children
The Cool Couple
The Plausible Couple
The Nice Little Couple
The Egotistical Couple
The Couple who Coddle themselves
The Old Couple
Conclusion

About the author: 

Paul Schlicke is editing the Clarendon edition of Sketches by Boz. For Oxford World's Classics he has introduced and annotated Hard Times and Nicholas Nickleby. He was President of the Dickens Society of America in 1994, President of the Dickens Fellowship 2003-5, and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Charles Dickens Museum, 2005-9.

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