This title is designed to introduce the reader to the life and work of Charles Dickens. It begins with Harold Bloom’s essay 'The Work in the Writer' and a volume-specific introduction also written by Professor Bloom. Following these unique introductions is an engaging biography that discusses the major life events and important literary accomplishments of Charles Dickens.
Furthermore, this volume includes an original critique that not only traces the themes, symbols, and ideas apparent in Dickens' works, but strives to put those works into a cultural and historical perspective. In addition to the original critique is a brief selection of significant critical essays previously published on the author and his works followed by a concise and informative chronology of the writer’s life. The book concludes with a bibliography of the writer's works, a list of additional readings, and an index of important themes and ideas.
CONTENTS User's Guide The Work in the Writer (Harold Bloom) Introduction (Harold Bloom) Biography of Charles Dickens (Marie Tennent Shephard) On the Works of Charles Dickens (Mei Chin) The Limitations of Dickens (Henry James) On the Alleged Optimism of Dickens (G.K. Chesterton) Characterization (George Gissing) Chronology Works by Charles Dickens Works about Charles Dickens Contributors Index