Paul Dombey is an ambitious, calculating London merchant. He pins all his hopes for the ... more
future of his shipping firm on his fragile son whilst his daughter, Florence, goes unnoticed and neglected. It is only when the firm faces ruin, and Dombey is staring at a life of desolate solitude that Florence may finally be valued.
This new edition contains Dickens's prefaces, working plans, and all the original ... more
illustrations. It is supplemented by a substantial new introduction, highlighting Dickens's engagement with his times, and the touching exploration of family relationships which give the novel added depth and relevance. The Notes and Bibliography have been substantially revised, extended, and updated.
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Dombey and Son is both a firm and a family and the ambiguous connection between public and private life lies at the heart of Dickens' novel. Paul Dombey is a man who runs his domestic affairs as he runs his business: calculatingly callously coldly and commercially. Through his dysfunctional relationships with his son his two wives and his neglected daughter Florence Dickens paints a vivid picture of the limitations of a society dominated by commercial values and the drive for profit and explores the possibility of moral and emotional redemption through familial love.