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Bleak House was Charles Dickens' ninth novel and was published in serial installments between 1850 and 1853. It is widely regarded as being Dickens' finest novel, although Dickens himself was fondest of David Copperfield.
Bleak House has a very large number of major and minor characters, whose lives are interwtined and cross due to their connection with the Chancery law case of Jarndyce v. Jarndyce, and the heroine of the novel Esther Summerson.
In part, the book is an indictment of the slow and expensive British Chancery Court system, in which law suits over estates often lasted for generations. It is also a mystery involving, the identity of Esther and her true parentage, a murder mystery, and ultimately a moral lesson and a love story of sorts.
You can download the entire text version here or read the book online in easy segments below.
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