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Dickens in America

Twain, Howells, James, and Norris, 1st Edition

By Joseph Gardner


452 pages

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First published in 1988, this book looks at the enormous impact Dickens’ writings had on American novelists in the second half of the nineteenth century. Dickens dominated not only popular taste but the American novel for sixty years and the author argues that even the most original writers showed themselves again and again to be in ‘conscious sympathy’ with Dickens. Along with Dickens, this book examines four radically different American writers — Mark Twain, William Dean Howells, Henry James and Frank Norris — whose debt to Dickens, the author asserts, is nevertheless clearly evident in their work. This book will be of interest to students of literature.

Table of Contents

I. Dickens in America: "The Great Actuality of the Current Imagination" II. Mark Twain: A Personal Case III. Mark Twain: Dickens Comes to Dawson’s Landing IV. Dickens in America: The ‘Finer Art’ V. William Dean Howells: In the Sweet By and By VI. Henry James: The Illustrator’s Point of View VII. Dickens in America: The Return to ‘Romance’ VIII. Frank Norris: The ‘Naturalist’ as Dickensian; Conclusion: Dickens in America; A Selected Bibliography

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: The Nineteenth-Century Novel

This set of 42 volumes, originally published between 1965 and 2009, are authored by renowned international scholars in the field of nineteenth century literature. They explore a variety of authors such as Dickens, Hardy, Brontë, Austen, Gaskell, Zola, Meredith, Eliot, Gissing, Hawthorne, James and Wharton. The titles also examine a wide range of themes including gender, class, religion, politics, philosophy and music.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LITERARY CRITICISM / American / General
LITERARY CRITICISM / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
LITERARY CRITICISM / Modern / 19th Century