"Christmas stories" by Charles Dickens
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spirit, baffled by the more symbolic mode of his art, and uneasy when the simpler reformism over isolated issues became a more radical questioning of social and assumptions and institutions. Dickens was never neglected or forgotten and never lost his popularity, but for 70 years after his death he received remarkably little serious attention George Gissing, G. K.
Chesterton, and George Bernard Shaw being notably exceptions . F. R.
Leavis, later to revise his opinion, was speaking for many, in 1948, when he asserted that the adult mind doesnt as a rule find in Dickens a challenge to an unusual and sustained seriousness Dickens was indeed a great genius, but the genius was that of a great entertainer. Modern Dickens criticism dates from 1940-41, with the very different impulses given by George Orwell, Edmund Wilson, and Humphry House, in the 1950s, a substantial reassessment and re-editing of the works began, his finest artistry and greatest depth now being discovered in the later novels - Bleak House, Little Dorrit, and Great Expectations - and less unanimously in Hard Times and Our Mutual Friend. Scholars have explored his working methods, his relations with the public, and the ways in which he was simultaneously an eminently Victorian figure and an author not of an age but for all time.
Biographically, little had been added to Forsters massive and intelligent Life 1872-74 , except the Ellen Ternan story, until Edgar Johnsons in 1952. Since then, no radically new view has emerged, though several works - including those by Joseph Gold 1972 and Fred Kaplan 1975 - have given particular phases or aspects fuller attention. The centenary in 1970 demonstrated a critical consensus about his standing second only to William Shakespeare in English literature, which would have seemed incredibly 40 or even 20 years earlier.
Chapter-II Charles Dickens s Christmas stories. 1. The essence of Christmas stories and characterization of the main heroes of these works Who ever understood children better than he?
Other writers have wondered at them, he understands them .Скачать