ERIC Number: ED421704
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
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Readings on Charles Dickens. The Greenhaven Press Literary Companion to British Authors. Literary Companion Series.
Swisher, Clarice, Ed.
Intended as an accessible resource for students researching Great Britain's greatest literary figures, this collection of essays about Charles Dickens's (1812-1870) work contains an in-depth biography and essays taken from a wide variety of sources. The essays are edited to accommodate the reading and comprehension levels of young adults; each essay is introduced by a concise summation of the contributor's themes and insights. Additional features include an annotated table of contents, a chronology of the author's life and career as well as concurrent historical events, and primary and secondary bibliographies to facilitate research. The 19 essays and their authors are, as follows: "Dickens as Reformer and Moralist" (Joseph Gold); "Prison Experiences in Dickens's Novels" (A.O.J. Cockshut); "Dickens's Crusade for Children" (Arthur A. Adrian); "The Transforming World in Dickens's Novels" (J. Hillis Miller); "'Pickwick Papers' Reflects Dickens's Developing Talents" (Philip Hobsbaum); "Fairy-Tale Form in 'A Christmas Carol'" (Harry Stone); "Dickens's Philosophy of Christmas" (Louis Cazamian); "'A Christmas Carol' Criticizes England's Economic System" (Edgar Johnson); "Poverty in 'Oliver Twist'" (Humphry House); "The Pattern of Good and Evil in 'Oliver Twist'" (Geoffrey Thurley); "Structure and Theme in 'David Copperfield'" (T.A. Jackson); "Mr. Micawber: A Comic Character in 'David Copperfield'" (J.B. Priestley); "Social Criticism in 'Hard Times'" (George Bernard Shaw); "Harsh Truth in 'Hard Times'" (G.K. Chesterton); "'A Tale of Two Cities': An Appealing but Flawed Novel" (John Gross); "Stylistic Devices in 'A Tale of Two Cities'" (Sylvere Monod); "Fantasy and Reality in 'Great Expectations'" (Paul Pickrel); "Multiple Narratives in 'Great Expectations'" (Nicola Bradbury); and "Repetition in 'Great Expectations'" (Douglas Brooks-Davies). (NKA)
Descriptors: Authors, English Literature, Higher Education, Literary Criticism, Literary Devices, Literary History, Literature Appreciation, Nineteenth Century Literature, Novels, Research Tools, Secondary Education
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Publication Type: Collected Works - General; Guides - Classroom - Learner
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