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Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens

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Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936) was an influential English writer of the early 20th century. His prolific and diverse output included journalism, philosophy, poetry, biography, Christian apologetics, fantasy, and detective fiction. Chesterton has been called the "prince of paradox. " He wrote in an off-hand, whimsical prose studded with startling formulations. He is o ...more
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Published January 1st 2008 by Dodo Press (first published 1911)
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Julie Davis
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
During my project of reading all of Dickens' books, I came across this gem which consists of all the introductions Chesterton wrote for the Everyman series. I merely had to be sure to read each introduction after I read the Dickens novel. Chesterton wrote as if we all knew and loved each book already so there were some spoilers in a lot of them. Also, he'd refer to other Dickens' novels a lot of the time. It makes for lively reading and I'm enjoying rereading the book as a whole without worrying ...more
John
Aug 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Since I'm not a big Dickens fan outside of A CHRISTMAS CAROL, this book was very useful in helping me understand what other people see in his work. This is one of those rare instances where reading the criticism of a book actually surpasses reading the book itself. Chesterton's essays on Dickens often feel meandering and almost off-topic, but they carry a great deal of insight you're not likely to find anywhere else. Chesterton does have a tendency to come across as a know-it-all, but at least h ...more
Troy Lizenby
Mar 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Vintage Chesterton analysis applied to the works of Charles Dickens. Chesterton preferred the earlier works to the later novels. Admired Dickens as a literary genius. Much information and insight on each of Dickens's literary compositions. I am not sure which Dickens book I will read next, but I am inclined toward the earlier Pickwick Papers.
Todd
Dec 09, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall a good read. (Full disclosure:) As someone who doesn't like Charles Dickens, except for his short stories, Chesterton makes me want to go back and read some of these others. Chesterton was clearly very entertained by them and found the different characters quite alive. This work is filled with the sort of literary criticism one might expect, mostly positive, though Chesterton was not above more negative observations where he felt appropriate. From my own (limited) experience with Dickens ...more
Sarah
Jun 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVED this the whole way through. It was a brilliant writer writing a couple of generations after a brilliant writer. Chesterton's thoughts on each work were brief enough to be interesting but not cursory. This made me want to dive into the remaining great works of Dickens I have yet to read, and re-read some that I have already enjoyed. Heartily recommended to any serious fan of Dickens.

And Chesterton's criticisms of Modernist Realism were pungent and excellent. Reading should be a pleasure,
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Terence Manleigh
Mar 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Chesterton idolizes Charles Dickens the way Harold Bloom idolizes William Shakespeare, and that love shines through in every essay of this collection; it's the best writing about Dickens I've yet come across - shrewd, insightful, and full of warmth and wit. A must-read for lovers of Dickens.
Vicki
Aug 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Chesterton's amazing insight into Dickens.
Bill
More annecdotal and winding tangential ideas and perspectives about the person Charles Dickens and his books. Really interesting.
foundfoundfound
Sep 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
criticism that almost rises to the level of actual literature. the best criticism on dickens available.
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Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936) was born in London, educated at St. Paul’s, and went to art school at University College London. In 1900, he was asked to contribute a few magazine articles on art criticism, and went on to become one of the most prolific writers of all time. He wrote a hundred books, contributions to 200 more, hundreds of poems, including the epic Ballad of the White Horse, fi ...more
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