Charles Dickens: Little Dorrit

(1907 words)
  • Grahame Smith (University of Stirling)


Dickens aged 46 in 1858, shortly after completing Little Dorrit

Critical opinion on the value of Dickens's novels has shifted significantly between his time and the present. The enormous success of his first work, Pickwick Papers, set a pattern in which his most admired novels were those which seemed to contemporaries to operate within a mode of celebratory comedy. This is not to say that Dickens's first readers did not appreciate the elements of satire and …

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Smith, Grahame. "Little Dorrit". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 10 March 2001
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