"Christmas stories" by Charles Dickens
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in Dickens visibility of realism. 3. Critic views of the stories Somebodys Luggage and Mrs.
Lirripers Lodgings . The power of Dickens is shown even in the scraps of Dickens, just as the virtue of a saint is said to be shown in fragments of his property or rags from his robe. It is with such fragments that we are chiefly concerned in the Christmas stories.
Many of them are fragments in the literal sense Dickens began them and then allowed someone else to carry them on they are almost rejected notes. In all the other cases we have been considering the books he wrote here we have rather to consider the books that he might have written. And here we find the final evidence and the unconscious stamp of greatness, as we might find it in some broken bust or some rejected moulding in the studio of Michael Angelo.
These sketches or parts of sketches all belong to that period in his later life when he had undertaken the duties of an editor, the very heavy duties of a very popular editor. He was not by any means naturally fitted for that position. He was the best man in the world for founding papers but many people wished that he could have been buried under the foundations, like the first builder in some pagan and prehistoric pile.
He called the Daily News into existence, but when once he existed, he objected to him strongly. It is not easy, and perhaps it is not important, to state truly his cause of his incapacity. It was not in the least what is called the ordinary fault or weakness of the artist.
It was not that he was careless rather it was that he was too conscientious. It was not that he had the irresponsibility of genius rather it was that he had the irritating the responsibility of genius he wanted everybody to see things as he saw them.Скачать