A Companion to Charles Dickens by David Paroissien

By David Paroissien

A spouse to Charles Dickens concentrates at the historic, ideological, and social forces that outlined Dickens’s international.

  • Puts Dickens’s paintings into its literary, ancient, and social contexts
  • Traces the advance of Dickens’s occupation as a journalist and novelist
  • Includes unique essays through best Dickensian students on each one of Dickens’s fifteen novels
  • Explores a huge variety of themes, together with criticisms of his novels, using heritage and legislations in his fiction, language, and the influence of political and social reform
  • Examines Dickens's legacy and surveys the mass of secondary fabrics that has been generated in reaction and reverence to his writing

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Under “Hard Experiences in Boyhood” in The Life of Charles Dickens (Forster bk. 1, ch. 2), the biographer includes some 20 pages centered on the “Autobiographical Fragment” given him by Dickens himself “very shortly [after]” March or April 1847. Dickens had not, according to Forster, yet thought of the “idea of David Copperfield, which was to take all the world into his confidence,” where parts of the fragment would reappear in the text of David’s “Personal History,” closely echoing Dickens’s early struggles.

Houndmills, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. Hibbert, Christopher (1967). The Making of Charles Dickens. London: Chatto and Windus. Ingham, Patricia (1992). Dickens, Women and Language. New York: Harvester Wheatsheaf. Marcus, Stephen (1965). Dickens: From Pickwick to Dombey. London: Chatto and Windus. Musselwhite, David E. (1987). Partings Welded Together: Politics and Desire in the Nineteenthcentury English Novel. London: Methuen. Slater, Michael (1983). Dickens and Women. London: Dent. Stonehouse, John Harrison (1931).

As a result of the A Sketch of the Life 15 affair, he separated from his wife but sought ruthlessly, and successfully, to suppress the true reason for the split. Divisions occurred within the families: his son Charley went to live with Catherine for a year; his daughter Mamie, on the other hand, never once visited her mother till after Dickens died; Catherine’s sister Georgina and the younger children remained with Dickens. His friendships with Baroness Coutts, with Thackeray, Lemon, John Leech, and others were ruptured by the separation.

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