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Dickens and the Social Order Paperback – May, 2004

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Magnet contends that the four early works ( Nicholas Nickleby, Barnaby Rudge, American Notes, Martin Chuzzlewit ) discussed here seek to define ``Dickens's understanding of the nature and function of society itself, of civilization considered as a general condition. . . .'' Aggression is the topic of Nickleby, with society in various manifestations as its antidote; the later Chuzzlewit takes as its theme the whole issue of ``human nature.'' Thus, these works differ from the more particular late masterpieces. Because the whole Dickens opus is concerned intimately with definitions of social abstractionsparticularity in the late novels being perhaps an added assetthe value of this book lies more in its close thematical analysis of these relatively neglected early texts than in its general claim. Primarily for academic collections. Robert E. Brown, Onondaga Cty. P.L., Syracuse, N.Y.
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Myron Magnet is the editor of City Journal, the Manhattan Institute’s quarterly magazine of urban affairs, and a former member of Fortune magazine’s board of editors. His work as a writer has covered a wide range of topics, including American society and social policy, economics, corporate management, intellectual history, and literature. His 1999 book The Dream and the Nightmare: The Sixties’ Legacy to the Underclass has been called by President Bush the most important book he has ever read, save the Bible. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Isi Books (May 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193223635X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932236354
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,097,987 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on July 16, 2004
Format: Paperback
Also available in a hardcover edition (1932236376, $25.00), Dickens And The Social Order evaluates four of Dickens' early novels - Nicholas Nickelby, Barnaby Rudge, American Notes, and Martin Chuzzlewit - and derives from them Dickens' social philosophy. Presenting the affirmation that Dickens in fact held a surprisingly traditional wordview, as a champion of authority, customs, and accepted mannerly behavior, Dickens And The Social Order progressively reveals Dickens as a solid pragmatist, who considered practical realities first and utopian dreams in a far lesser light than others would claim. Astutely written and solidly argued, Dickens And The Social Order is a welcome addition to classical literary criticism shelves.
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