Dickens at Work (RLE Dickens)

By John Butt & Kathleen Tillotson

© 2009 – Routledge

256 pages

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pub: 2009-11-15
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About the Book

This book marks a new departure in the study of Dickens. The authors make use of first-hand evidence of Dickens’ actual methods and conditions of work; much of this evidence is examined and co-ordinated here for the first time. It includes Dickens’ detailed manuscript notes for novels, with a complete transcript of these for every instalment and chapter of David Copperfield. Seven other books are chosen, so that the different stages of his career and different kinds of work are well represented. The volume illustrates what modes of planning Dickens evolved as best suited to his genius and to the demands of serial publication, monthly or weekly; how he responded to the events of the day; and how he yet managed to combine the freshness of this "periodical", almost journalistic approach with the art of the novel.

Table of Contents

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

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: Charles Dickens

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.

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