Bleak House is a novel by Charles Dickens originally serialized between 1852 and 1853. The story's central thread is the long-running legal case of Jarndyce and Jarndyce, a pointed satire of the nineteenth century Court of Chancery which had a significant impact in promoting legal reform.
The novel's wide-ranging social observation included one of the first detective characters in English fiction, Inspector Bucket, who may have been inspired by the early Scotland Yard detective Jack Whicher.
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Further reading at Tom's Learning Notes
Charles Dickens: The Pickwick Papers - anticipates Bleak House in making the legal system a target for satire.
Charles Dickens: Hard Times - often compared with Bleak House for its social concerns.
Bloom's Western Canon: Includes Bleak House which Bloom considers Dickens' greatest novel.