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The Law and Lawyers of Pickwick A Lecture   By: (1846-1897)

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In "The Law and Lawyers of Pickwick: A Lecture by Frank Lockwood," readers are invited on a fascinating journey through the legal world depicted in Charles Dickens' renowned novel, "The Pickwick Papers." Frank Lockwood, a talented barrister and Member of Parliament, provides an engaging analysis of the various legal aspects that permeate this beloved work of fiction.

Lockwood's Lecture serves as a comprehensive guide for readers interested in understanding the legal system of Victorian England and its influence on Dickens' writing. Through meticulous research and a deep appreciation for both literature and the law, Lockwood seamlessly weaves together his legal expertise with Dickens' narrative brilliance.

One of the most notable aspects of this lecture is the author's ability to contextualize the legal proceedings and references found within "The Pickwick Papers." In doing so, Lockwood successfully illuminates the nuances and intricacies of the legal system and its impact on society during that era. From the notorious breach of promise case to the adventures of the infamous Dodson and Fogg legal firm, Lockwood's analysis sheds light on Dickens' profound understanding of the legal world and his ability to cleverly satirize it.

What makes this book particularly appealing is the author's skillful balance between providing legal explanations and entertaining readers. Lockwood's eloquent writing style and passionate delivery make what could have been a dry legal discourse a captivating experience. His clever use of anecdotes and extracts from "The Pickwick Papers" keeps readers engaged and eager to discover more about the legal dilemmas faced by Mr. Pickwick and his fellow characters.

"The Law and Lawyers of Pickwick" is not simply a door into the legal realm of Dickens' novel; it also serves as a valuable reference for those interested in understanding the legal landscape of the Victorian era. Lockwood's brilliant analysis offers readers a glimpse into various legal concepts, court procedures, and the social implications of legal matters in 19th-century England.

While this lecture may be primarily suited for legal enthusiasts and Dickens fans, Lockwood's accessible prose allows readers from diverse backgrounds to appreciate and enjoy the exploration of law and literature. His ability to bridge the gap between these seemingly disparate worlds is a testament to his deep understanding of both subjects.

In conclusion, "The Law and Lawyers of Pickwick: A Lecture by Frank Lockwood" is a captivating and enlightening journey into the legal intricacies of Charles Dickens' "The Pickwick Papers." Lockwood's expertise, combined with his love for literature, makes this lecture an engaging read for legal enthusiasts, Dickens aficionados, and curious readers looking to delve into the fascinating intersection of law and literature.

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The Law and Lawyers of Pickwick.


With an Original Drawing of "Mr. Serjeant Buzfuz."


LONDON: THE ROXBURGHE PRESS , 3 , Victoria Street , Westminster , AND 32, CHARING CROSS, S.W.

Uniform with this Edition.


Some Thoughts Concerning Them.


With an original Drawing of Edith Dombey .

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At the request of my friend Lord Russell of Killowen, then Attorney General, I delivered this lecture at the Morley Hall, Hackney, on December 13th, 1893. I had previously delivered it in the city of York at the request of some of my constituents. I feel that some apology is required for its reproduction in a more permanent form, which apology I most respectfully tender to all who may read this little book.

F. L.


Sir CHARLES RUSSELL: I stand but for a single instant between you and our friend, Mr. Lockwood. He needs no introduction here; but I am sure I may in your name bid him a hearty welcome.

Mr. FRANK LOCKWOOD: Mr. Attorney General, Ladies and Gentlemen It is some little time ago that I was first asked whether I was prepared to deliver a lecture. Now I am bound at the outset to confess to you that lecturing has been and is very little in my way... Continue reading book >>

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