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The Cambridge Companion to Charles Dickens (Cambridge Companions to Literature)

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The Cambridge Companion to Charles Dickens contains fourteen chapters by leading international scholars that cover the whole range of Dickens' writing. Separate chapters address important thematic topics: childhood, the city, and domestic ideology. Others consider formal features of the novels, including their serial publication and Dickens' distinctive use of language. Th ...more
Paperback, 258 pages
Published July 8th 2011 by Cambridge University Press (first published 2001)
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Sep 01, 2011 Sammy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Highly recommended: one of the best single texts for non-academics to cover an author's entire life, works and context.

This companion clocks in at some 500 pages, and contains several dozen essays. Early essays cover Dickens' own life and the culture he lived in, a vital element for understanding this most socially concerned of authors. We then look at literature of the time, at the manner of Dickens' writing and the various critical and cultural reactions, as well as a variety of topics such as
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Jul 10, 2011 Andie rated it it was amazing
I read this book because I am writing my thesis on Dickens so this was definitely a lot of help. It was better than reading a long biography in that it helped me understand other aspects of Dickens even if I am not working with them (like Dickens in Theatre or in Film) which helped me create a better picture of Dickens and understand his work better. Besides it was enjoyable and fairly easy to read (it wasn't torture) and very informative.
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