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Charles Dickens (Bloom's BioCritiques)
by Harold Bloom
- Brings together the best criticism on the most widely read poets, novelists, and playwrights- Presents complex critical portraits of the most influential writers in the English-speaking world--from the English medievalists to contemporary writers- Introductory essay by Harold Bloom
Hardcover, 284 pages
Published July 1st 2006 by Chelsea House Publications
(first published 1987)
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Even if a person never read a single Charles Dickens novel, it would be difficult to not be aware of his influence. From memorable characters to setting to everyday references, Dickens makes his presence known. Bloom's BioCritiques guides readers to understanding more about the writer through concise biographies and selected critical essays. In this case, the essays were too general for satisfaction. Perhaps, showcasing a particular book or certain set of characters would have been more enlighte ...more
Full disclosure. I got it for the criticism about A Tale of Two Cities. I skimmed some of the other stuff. I got enough out of it. I think it's pithier than the other criticism of Dickens I read. Maybe I only need a little bit of it. The plot details were helpful as some of the things I was unclear on about what happened and when. Particularly in the middle part.
Bloom is a literary critic, and currently a Sterling Professor of the Humanities at Yale University. Since the publication of his first book in 1959, Bloom has written more than 20 books of literary criticism, several books discussing religion, and one novel. He has edited hundreds of anthologies.More about Harold Bloom...
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