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The English Novel From Dickens To Lawrence
Raymond Williams begins his brilliantly perceptive study of the English novel in the 1840s, a period of rapid social change brought on by the Industrial Revolution, the struggle for democratic reform, and the growth of cities and towns. Unsettling, indeed critical, for individuals and communities alike, this process of change prompted the novelists of the time to explore ...more
Paperback, 196 pages
Published August 9th 1984 by Chatto & Windus
(first published January 1st 1970)
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Nice, thin treatment of the English novel in history. One might not agree with Williams's marxism, but he was a novelist himself and a sensitive and insightful reader. Nothing at all like the simplistic interpretations that gave marxist readings a bad name.
Raymond Henry Williams was a Welsh academic, novelist, and critic. He taught for many years and the Professor of Drama at the University of Cambridge. He was an influential figure within the New Left and in wider culture. His writings on politics, culture, the mass media and literature are a significant contribution to the Marxist critique of culture and the arts. His work laid the foundations for ...moreMore about Raymond Williams...