Reader's Guide to Charles Dickens

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Hobsbaum begins with a brief discussion of Dickens's political reportage and his pamphleteering for prison reform, and describes the earliest works, including Dickens's first book, Sketches by Boz. In the main part of the book, the novels - early, middle, and late - are treated in equal detail. As they relate to Dickens's life and to the situation of contemporary England, Dombey and Son, the masterpiece Bleak House, and Hard Times are considered works of art. Little Dorrit, which many consider Dickens's finest ...
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Overview

Hobsbaum begins with a brief discussion of Dickens's political reportage and his pamphleteering for prison reform, and describes the earliest works, including Dickens's first book, Sketches by Boz. In the main part of the book, the novels - early, middle, and late - are treated in equal detail. As they relate to Dickens's life and to the situation of contemporary England, Dombey and Son, the masterpiece Bleak House, and Hard Times are considered works of art. Little Dorrit, which many consider Dickens's finest creation, is a highlight of Hobsbaum's study. In dealing with the last works, he includes a unique perspective to the unfinished The Mystery of Edwin Drood.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815604754
  • Publisher: Syracuse University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/1998
  • Series: Reader's Guide Ser.
  • Edition description: 1ST SYRACU
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 318
  • Product dimensions: 5.54 (w) x 8.02 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 9
Introduction 10
Sketches by Boz (1835-36) 20
Pickwick Papers (1836-37) 28
Oliver Twist (1837-38) 37
Nicholas Nickleby (1838-39) 48
The Old Curiosity Shop (1840), Master Humphrey's Clock (1840) 55
Barnaby Rudge (1841) 61
American Notes (1842), Martin Chuzzlewit (1843-44), Chapters XV-XVII, XXI-XXIV, XXXIII-XXXIV 68
Martin Chuzzlewit (1843-44) 76
Christmas Books - 88
A Christmas Carol (1843)
The Chimes (1845)
The Cricket on the Hearth (1846)
The Battle of Life (1847)
The Haunted Man (1848)
Letters on Social Questions (1846-50), Pictures from Italy (1846) 95
Dombey and Son (1846-48) 101
David Copperfield (1849-50) 111
Household Words (1850-59), Reprinted Pieces (1858), All the Year Round (1859-70), The Uncommercial Traveller (1860-69) 127
Christmas Stories (1852-67) 142
Bleak House (1852-53) 149
Hard Times (1854) 173
Little Dorrit (1855-57) 188
A Tale of Two Cities (1859) 213
Great Expectations (1861) 221
Our Mutual Friend (1864-65) 243
The Mystery of Edwin Drood (1870) 268
App. I The Mudfog Papers (1837-39), Sketches of Young Gentlemen (1838), Sketches of Young Couples (1840) 285
App. II A Life of Our Lord (1849), A Child's History of England (1853) 288
App. III Hunted Down (1859), No Thoroughfare (1867), George Silverman's Explanation (1868), A Holiday Romance (1868) 292
A Selective Bibliography 294
Index 312
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