This small collection of books originally published over sixty years brings back into print some valuable works. As well as examining the art of Dickens’ writing, the emphasis is on the social and political background of his times and the influence this had on his work.
Volume I: Dickens at Work John Butt and Kathleen Tillotson 1.Dickens as a Serial Novelist 2. Sketches by Boz: Collection and Revision 3. From Sketches to Novel: Pickwick Papers 4. Barnaby Rudge: The First Projected Novel 5. Dombey and Son: Design and Execution 6. David Copperfield Month by Month 7. The Topicality of Bleak House 8. Hard Times: The Problems of a Weekly Serial 9. From "Nobody’s Fault" to Little Dorrit Volume II: The Social Novel in England, 1830-1850 Louis Cazamian translated by Martin Fido 1. The Rise of Individualism 2. The Utilitarian Novel 3. Idealism and the Interventionist Reaction 4. Dickens: the Philosophy of Christmas 5. Implicit Social Comment in Dickens’ Novels 6. Disraeli: Social Toryism 7. Mrs Gaskell and Christian Interventionism 8. Kingsley: Christian Socialism Volume III: The Imagination of Charles Dickens A. O. J. Cockshut 1. Introductory 2. Humour, Positive and Negative 3. The Expanding Prison 4. Reform and Indignation 5. Crowds and Justice 6. Fruitful Failure 7. Dombey and Son 8. David Copperfield 9. Bleak House 10. Hard Times – Dickens’ Masterpiece? 11. Little Dorrit 12. Great Expectations 13. Our Mutual Friend 14. Conclusion Volume IV:The Companion to Our Mutual Friend Michael Cotsell 1. Introduction 2. How to Use the Notes 3. The Notes 4. The Illustrations to Our Mutual Friend 5. Select Bibliography 6. Index Volume V:Charles Dickens Martin Fido 1. Charles Dickens – His Life and Work 2. Scheme of Extracts 3. Comic Action: Nicholas Nickleby 4. Exuberant Domestic Optimism: Pickwick Papers 5. Comic Dialogue: Martin Chuzzlewit 6. Social Comedy: Nicholas Nickleby 7. Social Satire: Caricature and Irony: Oliver Twist 8. Comic Villains: Melodrama Tradition – The Old Curiosity Shop 9. Serious Dialogue: Melodrama Tradition – Barnaby Rudge 10. Description of Place: Sensational Horror – Oliver Twist 11. Structure: Thematic Unity – The Old Curiosity Shop 12. Structure: Introduction of Extraneous or Unplotted Material – David Copperfield 13.Symbolism – Bleak House 14. Serious Character: Mind Under Stress – Dombey and Son 15. Social Criticism: Emotional Appeal – Bleak House 16. Social Satire: Class or Type Representative Caricature – Hard Times 17. Serious Dialogue – Great Expectations 18. Insularity – Little Dorrit 19. Prose Technique – A Tale of Two Cities 20. Plain Narrative Prose – Great Expecatations 21. Serious Villains – Our Mutual Friend 22. Social Sature: Caricature of Class or Institution – Little Dorrit 23. Grotesque Caricature: Black Comedy – Our Mutual Friend Volume VI: Dickens and the Twentieth Century John Gross and Gabriel Pearson 1. Dickens: Some Recent Approaches John Gross 2.Dickens: The Present Position Gabriel Pearson Part One: The Heroes and Heroines of Dickens Angus Wilson The Symbolism of Dickens William Empson Part Two: Sketches by Boz Robert Browning Pickwick, Dickens and the Art of Fiction John Killham Oliver Twist John Bayley Nicholas Nickleby Bernard Bergonzi The Old Curiosity Shop Gabriel Pearson Barnaby Rudge Jack Lindsay Martin Chuzzlewit Barbara Hardy Dealings with the Firm of Dombey and Son Julia Moynahan David Copperfield John Jones Chance and Design in Bleak House W. J. Harvey Hard Times John Holloway Little Dorrit John Wain A Tale of Two Cities John Gross Great Expectations Christopher Ricks Our Mutual Friend Arnold Kettle Edwin Drood A. O. J. Cockshut Volume VII: The Days of Dickens:A Glance at Some Aspects of Early Victorian Life in London Arthur L Hayward 1. A London Medley 2. The Upper Ten 3. The Pleasure Gardens 4. "Something in the City" 5. On the Road 6. A Chapter of Horrors 7. Making a Night of It 8. The Great Exhibition 9. A Glimpse at the Theatres 10. Entertainment for All 11. Sensational News 12. The Songs They Sang 13. The Farringdon Hotel 14. Steam Travel by Land and Sea 15. Country Life 16. The Story of Forty Years Volume VIII :The Dickens Encyclopaedia Arthur L. Hayward Volume IX :Dostoevsky and Dickens A Study of Literary Influence N. M. Lary 1. Criminals and Angels 2. The Community of the Humble 3. Breakdown of Brotherhood 4. The Idiot: Melodrama and Ideal 5. The Idiot: Reality 6. The Devils: Disintegration 7. The Brothers Karamazov Volume X :Martin Chuzzlewit Sylvère Monod 1. Dickens’ Pre-Chuzzlewit Days 2. The Text and Its Variations 3. Starting the Machinery (Chapters I-XIV) 4. The American Episodes 5. Mrs Gamp and Mrs Harris 6. Pecksniffery 7. Crime and Punishment 8. The "Stock of the Soup" Thickens 9. The Salt of Pinch 10. The Evolution of Dickens’ with Martin Chuzzlewit 11. External and Additional Material 12. Martin Chuzzlewit and its Readers: Purpose and Achievement