Charles Dickens

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Bloomsbury Publishing, Mar 13, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 176 pages
Charles Dickens is without doubt a literary giant. The most widely read author of his own generation, his works remain incredibly popular and important today. Often seen as the quintessential Victorian novelist, his texts convey perhaps better than any others the drive for wealth and progress and the social contrasts that characterised the Victorian era. His works are widely studied throughout the world both as literary masterpieces and as classic examples of the nineteenth century novel. Combining a biographical approach with close reading of the novels, Donald Hawes offers an illuminating portrait of Dickens as a writer and insight into his life and times. This book will provide a short, lively but sophisticated introduction to Dickens's work and the personal and social context in which it was written.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Why We Read Dickens
3
2 Life of Dickens
10
3 Sketches by Boz Pickwick Papers Oliver Twist
19
4 Dickenss London
25
5 Social Class in Victorian England
34
6 Nicholas Nickleby The Old Curiosity Shop Barnaby Rudge
39
7 Prison and Crime
44
13 David Copperfield Bleak House
80
14 Dickenss Comic Characters and Villains
84
15 Hard Times Little Dorrit A Tale of Two Cities
96
16 Theatre and Entertainment
101
17 Dickens and Christmas
111
18 Dickenss Public Readings
123
19 Dickenss Friends and Contemporaries
128
20 Great Expectations Our Mutual Friend The Mystery of Edwin Drood
144

8 Dickens and Education
50
9 Medicine Doctors Nurses and Hospitals
57
10 Martin Chuzzlewit A Christmas Carol Dombey and Son
63
11 Women and Children
67
12 Dickens and Animals
76
21 Adaptations and Versions of Dickenss Writings
149
Further Reading
157
Bibliography
159
Index
165
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About the author (2007)

Donald Hawes has taught on Dickens for many years, in both schools and universities, including the University of Westminster and the Open University in the UK. His previous works include Who's Who in Dickens (Routledge) and editing the Everyman edition of Barnaby Rudge.

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