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Character and plot

Jenny Hartley.

in Charles Dickens: A Very Short Introduction

February 2019; p ublished online February 2019 .

Chapter. Subjects: Biographical Studies; Literature; Literary Studies (19th Century). 6019 words.

Characters are what Charles Dickens is famous for. They crowd and flock through his novels, roughly 2,000 named characters, and multitudes more unnamed. The original illustrations by George...

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Charles Dickens: A Very Short Introduction

Jenny Hartley.

February 2019; p ublished online February 2019 .

Book. Subjects: Biographical Studies; Literature; Literary Studies (19th Century). 144 pages.

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...

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City Laureate

Jenny Hartley.

in Charles Dickens: A Very Short Introduction

February 2019; p ublished online February 2019 .

Chapter. Subjects: Biographical Studies; Literature; Literary Studies (19th Century). 6087 words.

‘City Laureate’ describes Charles Dickens as our first and best novelist of the city. London in the mid-19th century was the supreme modern urban space and Dickens its chronicler. Dickens...

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Dickensian

Jenny Hartley.

in Charles Dickens: A Very Short Introduction

February 2019; p ublished online February 2019 .

Chapter. Subjects: Biographical Studies; Literature; Literary Studies (19th Century). 5326 words.

Charles Dickens became an adjective in his own lifetime. By the 1850s, he was ‘Dickenesque’ and ‘Dickensy’; ‘Dickensian’ came in the decade after his death. Contradictions beset the many...

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Jenny Hartley.

in Charles Dickens: A Very Short Introduction

February 2019; p ublished online February 2019 .

Chapter. Subjects: Biographical Studies; Literature; Literary Studies (19th Century). 4333 words.

Charles Dickens’s first two novels—The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club and Oliver Twist—were published in monthly instalments, usually of two or three chapters at a time, beginning...

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Public and private

Jenny Hartley.

in Charles Dickens: A Very Short Introduction

February 2019; p ublished online February 2019 .

Chapter. Subjects: Biographical Studies; Literature; Literary Studies (19th Century). 6194 words.

Charles Dickens was born in Portsmouth in February 1812. ‘Public and private’ describes his early childhood, his first jobs, and his move into writing. His father’s imprisonment for debt...

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Radical Dickens

Jenny Hartley.

in Charles Dickens: A Very Short Introduction

February 2019; p ublished online February 2019 .

Chapter. Subjects: Biographical Studies; Literature; Literary Studies (19th Century). 5967 words.

Charles Dickens was a life-long radical. According to Forster, it was Dickens’s childhood experiences that instilled ‘the hatred of oppression, the revolt against abuse of power, and the...

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