Charles Dickens by Philip Collins
The Critical Heritage (The Critical Heritage Series)

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The Critical Heritage gathers together a large body of critical sources on major figures in literature. Each volume presents contemporary responses to a writer's work, enabling students and researchers to read for themselves, for example, comments on early performances of Shakespeare's plays, or reactions to the first publication of Jane Austen's novels.
The carefully selected sources range from landmark essays in the history of criticism to journalism and contemporary opinion, and little published documentary material such as letters and diaries. Significant pieces of criticism from later periods are also included, in order to demonstrate the fluctuations in an author's reputation.
Each volume contains an introduction to the writer's published works, a selected bibliography, and an index of works, authors and subjects.
The Collected Critical Heritage set will be available as a set of 68 volumes and the series will also be available in mini sets selected by period (in slipcase boxes) and as individual volumes.

About Philip Collins

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Philip Collins is the author of Dickens aria Crime and Dickens and Education, and the editor of volumes of interviews with Dickens and Thackeray. He was formerly Emeritus Professor of English at Leicester University.
Published January 11, 2013 by Routledge. 666 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction, History. Non-fiction

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In the industrial period of the 1860's, the world Dickens knew was ''that great foul city of London,'' as John Ruskin put it, a city polluted by gas and iron works, coal pits, factories and railroads into a ''rattling, growling, smoking, stinking, ghastly heep of fermenting brickwork, pouring out...

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Callow's argument, for which he provides a tsunami of evidence, is that Dickens's talent was as much for theatre as it was for prose: ''Literature was his wife, the theatre his mistress, and to the end he was tempted to leave the one for the other.''.

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