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. His portrayal of the Victorian world has become so iconic that a 'Dickensian' setting is instantly recognizable, whilst his lively ensemble of characters has leapt from the pages, and into popular culture. The Artful Dodger, Miss Havisham, Scrooge, and many more appear on tea towels, as pincushions, and on television.
In this short book Jenny Hartley (President of the International Dickens Fellowship 2013-2015 and Scholar in Residence at the Charles Dickens Museum) explores the key themes running through Dickens's body of work, and considers how his writing reflects his attitudes towards the harsh realities of nineteenth-century society and its illustrations. She looks at Dickens's multiple careers: as magazine editor, travel writer, and journalist, and his work on behalf of social causes. Finally, Hartley considers what we mean when use the term 'Dickensian' today, and how Dickens's enduring legacy marks him out as a novelist different in kind from others.
Hardback, 176 pages
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