Widely considered to be Dickenss greatest satire on poverty, Little Dorrit is the story of Amy Little Dorrits struggle to hold her poverty-stricken family together in the face of her fathers imprisonment in the Marshalsea debtors prison.
Called the child of the Marshalsea, Little Dorrit struggles to support her family as a seamstress while dreaming of a future free of the Marshalsea.
Little Dorrit was originally published as a serial between 1855 and 1857 as a critique of the British debtors prisons, in which debtors were imprisoned and unable to work until their debts were paid.
The story pulls significantly from Dickenss own experience as the child of an imprisoned debtor.
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