First published in 1980, this book surveys Dickens’ growing power to drive deep into the causes of his contemporary conditions. It reveals the importance of nature to Dickens as a rich metaphor of human freedom and potentiality, and emphasises his concern with time and the problems of freedom. The author considers the peculiarity of Dickens being unanimously acclaimed as a great writer considering the difficulty in placing him definitively within the literary tradition. The author argues Dickens was an isolated figure, indifferent to changing fashions and with a strong sense of the dignity of human nature and that this formed the basis of his character and writings.
Table of Contents
Introductory Note to the Second Edition; Introduction; 1 The Pickwick Papers 2 Oliver Twist 3 Nicholas Nickleby to Barnaby Rudge 4 From Chuzzlewit to Dombey 5 David Copperfield 6 Bleak House 7 Little Dorrit 8 Great Expectations 9 In Conclusion: Our Mutual Friend; Appendix A: Bleak House and Contradiction; Appendix B: The Illustrations to Dombey and Son; Index