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Charles Dickens (Critical Issues) by Lyn Pykett

By Lyn Pykett

To lots of his contemporaries, Charles Dickens used to be the best author of his age; a one-man fiction who produced fourteen sizeable novels, and diverse sketches, essays and tales, lots of which seemed within the magazines which he based and edited. this day the paintings of 1 of the 1st and such a lot profitable mass-circulation authors maintains to enthrall readers round the world.

This wide-ranging publication examines the writings of Dickens, not just in his time but in addition in ours. it appears to be like on the writer as a Victorian 'man of letters', and explores his cultural and demanding impression either at the definition of the unconventional within the 19th century and the next improvement of the shape within the 20th. Lyn Pykett makes a speciality of Dickens as journalist, literary entrepreneur, the conductor of magazines, the shaper of the serial novel, the manipulator of the a number of plot, and the author of eccentric characters. She additionally assesses the modernity of the writer's alienated protagonists and their social environments, in addition to reassessing his representations of the vibrant, bleak and every now and then menacing spectacle of the city, from the overdue modern/postmodern viewpoint of the 21st century.

Each bankruptcy of this article analyses the paintings of a specific decade in Dickens's occupation, delivering a full of life contextual examine which areas his writings with regards to the worlds that made him, and the literary worlds which he made. it's crucial examining for all people with an curiosity in a single of the most well-liked, and enduring, British novelists of all time.

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