"Christmas stories" by Charles Dickens
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careful to hit the white. Other distinguished novelists contributed serials, including Mrs. Gaskell, Wilkie Collins, Charles Reade, and Bulwer Lytton.
The poetry was uniformly feeble Dickens was imperceptive here. The reportage, often solidly based, was bright sometimes painfully so in manner. His conduct of these weeklies shows his many skills as editor and journalist but also some limitations in his tastes and intellectual ambitions.
The contents are revealing in relation to his novels he took responsibility for all the opinions expressed for articles were anonymous and selected and amended contributions accordingly thus comments on topical events and so on may generally be taken as representing his opinions, whether or not he wrote them. No English author of comparable status has devoted twenty years of his maturity to such unremitting editorial work, and the weeklies success been due not only to his illustrious name but also to his practical sagacity and sustained industry. Even in his creative work, as his eldest son said, no city clerk was ever more methodical or orderly than he no humdrum, monotonous, conventional task could ever have been discharged with more punctuality, or with more businesslike regularity.
Stephen Wall ed Charles Dickens A Critical Anthology, London, 1970. pp. 70-92 The novels of these years, Bleak House 1852-53 , Hard Times 1854 , and Little Dorrit 1855-57 , were much darker than their predecessors.
Presenting a remarkably inclusive and increasingly somber picture of contemporary society, they were inevitably often seen at the time as fictionalized propaganda about ephemeral issues. They are much more than this, though it is never easy to state how .Скачать