Charles Dickens' genius extended beyond the role traditionally prescribed to novelistic talent. Dickens aggressively involved himself in all aspects of bookmaking, whether collaborating directly with his illustrators on the visual minutiae of their work, or working with publishers to make sure his novels were available to a broad readership and beautifully preserved.
Launched in 1937, the twenty-four volume Nonesuch Dickens was the most complete and handsome collection of the novelist's work ever created. Seven decades later, The Overlook Press is proud to publish these volumes produced to the specifications of the original Nonesuch design. Employing modern printing technology, each book in the revived Nonesuch Dickens replicates the enduring editorial and design excellence of its inspiration at an affordable price. The legendary Nonesuch Dickens, issued in the 1930's, presented the writing of the foremost English novelist in its most distinguished format. Upon its original publication, the set was hailed as "one of the most glorious publishing achievements of our time." Now the peerless Nonesuch standards have been revived in new editions of Dickens most beloved works, introducing a new generation of readers to these masterpieces of literature, illustration and book design. The six volume set includes a selection of Dickens' best loved works: Nicholas Nickleby, Great Expectations, Christmas Books, Oliver Twist, David Copperfield, and Bleak House. An additional three volume set includes A Tale of Two Cities, Little Dorritt, and Martin Chuzzlewit.