Charles Dickens

Tim Parks

in Life and Work

Published by Yale University Press

Published in print June 2016 | ISBN: 9780300215366
Published online January 2017 | e-ISBN: 9780300216738 | DOI:
Charles Dickens

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This chapter examines the relationship between the life and work of Charles Dickens. In Great Expectations: The Sons and Daughters of Charles Dickens, Robert Gottlieb offers an account of the lives of Dickens's ten children. There is a brief introduction that reminds us of the main events of Dickens's life, followed by stories of his dealings with each child before his death and then of how each fared afterward. Drawing on Great Expectations, this chapter discusses certain patterns of behavior, certain obsessions, that are central not only to the plots of Dickens's novels but to his whole approach to writing and being read. When reading Dickens, his constant and emotional taking sides over matters of worthiness, inclusion, and exclusion becomes evident. The chapter also looks at Dickens's marriage to Catherine Hogarth as well as his fatherhood and concludes with a reading of his book David Copperfield.

Keywords: reading; Charles Dickens; Robert Gottlieb; children; writing; worthiness; inclusion; exclusion; Catherine Hogarth; David Copperfield

Chapter.  7277 words. 

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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