"Christmas stories" by Charles Dickens
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the case with Dante, Cervantes, or John Milton but for a creative world, a plurality of works populated by a great variety of figures, in situations ranging from the somber to the farcical. For the common reader, both Shakespeare and Dickens survive through their characterization, though they offer much else. Dickens enjoys one temporary advantage in having lived when he did and thus being able to write of an urban industrial world, in which the notions of representative government and social responsibility were current - a world containing many of the problems and hopes that persist a century after his death and far beyond the land of his birth.
А. А. Аникст Диккенс Чарльз.
Т 1. Москва, 1957. стр.
7-12 No one thinks first of Mr. Dickens as a writer. He is at once, through his books a friend.
He belongs among the intimates of every pleasant tempered and large-hearted person. He is not so much the guest as the inmate of our homes. He keeps holidays with us, he helps us to celebrate the Christmas with heartier cheer, he shares at every New Year in our good wishes for, indeed it is not purely literary character that he has done most for us, it is a man with large humanity, who has simply used literature as the means by which to bring himself into relation with his follow-men, and to inspire them with something on his own sweetness, kindness, charity, and good-will.
He is great magician of our time. His wand is a book, but his power is in his own heart. It is a rare piece of good fortune for us that we are the contemporaries of this benevolent genius These are the words not of a book-loving Miss Cosyhearts, but of a great American scholar Charles Eliot Norton, respected friend of artists and writers of both sides of the Atlantic and this specially friend feelings were, of course, woke by Dickenss character as well as by his whole artistic and public personality.
all his characters are my personal friends -and, again this is not quoted from a bookman of the Essays of Elia school, but from Tolstoy, who continued .Скачать