- Hardcover: 144 pages
- Publisher: Carlton Books (March 6, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1847329438
- ISBN-13: 978-1847329431
- Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 0.8 x 11.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,063,644 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The World of Charles Dickens: The Life, Times and Works of the Great Victorian Novelist Hardcover – March 6, 2012
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Each chapter is a couple pages long and generously illustrated. This is easy reading but it also includes a large amount of debunking. Popular imagination has turned Dickens into something of a literary superhero, allegedly quelling the evils of his day with well-placed satire and scathing criticism of social injustice. Fido brings Dickens down to earth, but in the service of showing what an extraordinary artist he was apart from the legend.
Chapters are devoted to the breakup of the Dickens marriage and the undeniable affair with Ellen Ternan. There's also a chapter devoted to Dickens' most severe literary critics. But, as Fido reminds us, Dickens and his novels live on because of the magnificent worlds he creates (not always accurate pictures of Victorian England) and the wonderful characters who populate them. The force of his creations was sometimes a catalyst for social change, but his literature lives on largely because it is so tantalizing to read.
The book contains an introduction to Dickens himself, a chronology, what the time, politics and society, literature and arts were like during his life. His childhood and younger years are well explained, his fame and family and his travels, the poor, prisons, education and poverty are fully covered
Parts of his fictional writing are explored in an interesting fashion: the theatre, ghosts, misers, madmen, murderers, childhood and love and marriage. Some exploration of the origin of his characters is included and information about many of his novels is explored.
To complete a reader's knowledge of Dickens, the age of Victoria, revolution, change and even anti-intellectualism, religion race and England are subjects well achieved.