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Charles Dickens: A Very Short Introduction

Jenny Hartley

Published in print February 2019 | ISBN: 9780198714996
Published online February 2019 | e-ISBN: 9780191783203 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/actrade/9780198714996.001.0001

Series: Very Short Introductions

Charles Dickens: A Very Short Introduction

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Charles Dickens is credited with creating some of the world’s best-known fictional characters, and is widely regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian age. Charles Dickens: A Very Short Introduction explores the key themes running through his corpus of works, and considers how they reflect his attitudes towards the harsh realities of 19th-century society and its institutions. It considers Dickens’s multiple lives and careers: as magazine editor for much of his working life, as travel writer and journalist, and his work on behalf of social causes. Finally, it discusses what is meant by the use of the term ‘Dickensian’ today, and the enduring impact of his work.

Keywords: All the Year Round; A Christmas Carol; Angela Burdett Coutts; Charles Dickens; Dickensian; Dombey and Son; Old Curiosity Shop; Sketches by Boz; A Tale of Two Cities

Book.  144 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Biographical Studies ; Literature ; Literary Studies (19th Century)

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