Charles Dickens: A Critical Study
by George Gissing
Publisher: Dodd, Mead and company 1898
Number of pages: 340
When this study first appeared in 1898 it was praised as the first piece of thorough and level-headed criticism of Charles Dickens and his works. Published at a time when Dickens' literary reputation was at its lowest ebb, it helped to instigate a revival of appreciation for the novelist which has continued unabated ever since.
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by Walter Lionel George - W. Collins Sons & Co
The book expresses the fluctuating feelings aroused in the author by the modern novel and its treatment at the hands of the public. The chapters on 'Falstaff,' 'The Esperanto of Art,' and 'The Twilight of Genius' have been included.
by Albert Mordell - Boni and Liveright
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