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By Donald Hawes

Charles Dickens is definitely a literary substantial. the main generally learn writer of his personal new release, his works stay highly well known and critical this present day. usually visible because the vital Victorian novelist, his texts exhibit probably greater than any others the force for wealth and development and the social contrasts that characterized the Victorian period. His works are generally studied through the global either as literary masterpieces and as vintage examples of the 19th century novel. Combining a biographical process with shut analyzing of the novels, Donald Hawes deals an illuminating portrait of Dickens as a author and perception into his lifestyles and occasions. This publication will offer a quick, full of life yet subtle advent to Dickens's paintings and the private and social context during which it was once written.

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The symbolism is obvious: wealth can be a dirty business. But happiness can thrive in these unpromising urban settings. One of the Sketches by Boz is called 'London Recreations' and (as we have seen) he writes about Greenwich Fair, Astley's equestrian shows and theatres as well as grimmer places like pawnshops and Newgate Prison. Personal joys exist as well. In Dombey and Son, Florence and Walter walk together to a London church ('a mouldy old church in a yard') on their bridal morning, past luxurious shops, great houses and then darker and narrower streets.

Dickens's aim at the beginning of Nicholas Nickleby was to expose what he called the 'cheap Yorkshire schools', which in exchange for fees took unwanted or illegitimate boys (usually from the south of England), purporting to educate them but in fact cruelly treating them — half-starving them, making them do menial tasks and not allowing them holidays. In his Preface to the cheap edition (1848), Dickens described the Yorkshire schoolmasters as ignorant, sordid, brutal men, to whom few considerate persons would have entrusted the board and lodging of a horse or a dog'.

16), a physical 'objective correlative' of the plight of wretchedly poor in early Victorian London. Disease and fog, in the same novel, are the most commonly cited of all of Dickens's so-called 'symbols'. The description of fog along with the dirt in the streets right at the beginning of the novel points at the outset to the concern in Bleak House with the bewildering machinations involved in the case of Jarndyce v. Jarndyce. The Lord Chancellor sits at the heart of the fog: 'Never can there come fog too thick, never can there come mud and mire too deep, to assort with the groping and floundering condition which this High Court of Chancery, most pestilent of hoary sinners, holds, this day, in the sight of heaven and earth' (BH, ch.

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