By Donald Hawes
Charles Dickens is definitely a literary big. the main largely learn writer of his personal new release, his works stay awfully renowned and critical at the present time. frequently noticeable because the imperative Victorian novelist, his texts express possibly higher than any others the force for wealth and development and the social contrasts that characterized the Victorian period. His works are commonly studied through the international either as literary masterpieces and as vintage examples of the 19th century novel. Combining a biographical technique with shut examining of the novels, Donald Hawes bargains an illuminating portrait of Dickens as a author and perception into his existence and instances. This ebook will supply a brief, vigorous yet subtle creation to Dickens's paintings and the private and social context during which it was once written.
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John Hollingshead, a journalist who worked on Household Words and All the Year Round (and who was later a leading theatrical manager), recalled in 1900 the vital importance to Dickens's literary art of the things and people he saw in London. 25 26 Charles Dickens His walks were always walks of observation, through parts of London that he wanted to study. His brain must have been like a photographic lens, and fully studded with 'snapshots'. The streets and the people, the houses and the roads, the cabs, the buses and the traffic, the characters in the shops and on the footways, the whole kaleidoscope of Metropolitan existence — these were the books he studied, and few others.
Such spectacles filled Dickens (like Thackeray) with revulsion, and for many years he advocated the abolition of capital punishment, though in later years he thought it a necessity. His frighteningly macabre Ned Dennis, the hangman in Barnaby Rudge, was modelled on the actual hangman of the same name, who unlike his fictional counterpart was reprieved from execution when the Gordon Riots were over. Maria Manning was probably the model for Dickenss Mademoiselle Hortense, who murders Mr Tulkinghorn in Bleak House.
There Mr Dorrit and his family were imprisoned long before the action of the novel begins — his youngest child, Amy (Little Dorrit), was born there. Much more terrifying is Newgate, where Fagin is confined in the condemned cell 'like sitting in a vault strewn with dead bodies' (OT, ch. 52). Barnaby Rudge and others are sent there to await execution or reprieve after their participation in the Gordon Riots. In A Tale of Two Cities, long imprisonment in the Bastille has temporarily deprived Doctor Manette of his wits and later in the novel in 'the black prison of the Conciergerie, the doomed of the day [among them, Charles Darnay] await their fate' (ATTC, III, ch.
Charles Dickens (Writers Lives) by Donald Hawes