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Charles Dickens: A Very Short Introduction

Charles Dickens: A Very Short Introduction  

Jenny Hartley

Print Publication Year: 
Feb 2019
Published Online: 
Feb 2019
eISBN: 
9780191783203
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198714996.001.0001
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book
ISBN: 
9780198714996
Charles Dickens is credited with creating some of the world’s best-known fictional characters, and is widely regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian age. Charles Dickens: A Very ... More
2. Public and private

2. Public and private  

Jenny Hartley

in Charles Dickens: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Feb 2019
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Feb 2019
eISBN: 
9780191783203
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198714996.003.0002
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chapter
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9780198714996
Charles Dickens was born in Portsmouth in February 1812. ‘Public and private’ describes his early childhood, his first jobs, and his move into writing. His father’s imprisonment for debt ... More
3. Character and plot

3. Character and plot  

Jenny Hartley

in Charles Dickens: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2019
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Feb 2019
eISBN: 
9780191783203
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198714996.003.0003
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chapter
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9780198714996
Characters are what Charles Dickens is famous for. They crowd and flock through his novels, roughly 2,000 named characters, and multitudes more unnamed. The original illustrations by George ... More
6. Dickensian

6. Dickensian  

Jenny Hartley

in Charles Dickens: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2019
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Feb 2019
eISBN: 
9780191783203
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198714996.003.0006
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chapter
ISBN: 
9780198714996
Charles Dickens became an adjective in his own lifetime. By the 1850s, he was ‘Dickenesque’ and ‘Dickensy’; ‘Dickensian’ came in the decade after his death. Contradictions beset the many ... More

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