George Orwell: Charles Dickens

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In 1939 Orwell wrote his detailed analytical essay “Charles Dickens”, in which he sedulously alternates arguments for and against Dickens’s writing, his personality and his prejudices. The essay sub-divides into six sections, with each section containing approval and opprobrium of Dickens and his fiction, in varying degrees. Unlike contemporary literary criticism, Orwell also draws substantially on Dickens’s background and his interpretation of Dickens’s canon is heavily reliant on biographical detail and personal history. For Orwell, Dickens had long been an iconic author who, together with Kipling and Somerset Maugham, provided a formative and deeply influential triumvirate, central to defining Orwell&…

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Williams, Nigel. "Charles Dickens". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 03 January 2014; last revised .
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