The Imagination of Charles Dickens (RLE Dickens): Routledge Library Editions: Charles Dickens Volume 3 (Hardback) book cover

The Imagination of Charles Dickens (RLE Dickens)

Routledge Library Editions: Charles Dickens Volume 3

By A. O. J. Cockshut

© 2009 – Routledge

194 pages

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About the Book

This book describes Charles Dickens as an ordinary man who by being perfectly tuned to the public taste developed into a master of his art. The clue to this paradox lies, in the author’s opinion, in Dickens’ obsession with such topics as money, crowds and prisons which touch the life of everyone. From the deep fears of his childhood they became the main food for his imagination. As his creative mind worried over them, so his art developed. This process provided the driving force behind his work, and is at the root of his greatness as an artist.

Table of Contents

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

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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