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Appreciations And Criticisms Of The Works Of Charles Dickens

by G. K. Chesterton

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Written with intelligence and authority, these twenty-three essays provide an insight into the works of the literary genius of Charles Dickens.

Chesterton greatly admired Dickens as a social prophet and a defender of the common man. Here, he focuses both on the style and ideology of Dickens and provides the critical insight into his work with his characteristic perceptive generosity. Chesterton is still regarded by many as one of the most accomplished and perceptive critics of Dickens

As much about Chesterton's strongly held beliefs as about Dickens this volume is sure to inform and give pleasure to advocates of both writers.

About the Author
GK Chesterton was born in London and educated at St Paul’s before studying art at the Slade School. His first writings were for periodicals and he contributed essays and articles throughout his life to The Bookman, The Speaker and The Illustrated London News. Tremendous zest and energy, with a mastery of paradox, a robust humour and forthright devotion characterise his entire output. He became a Roman Catholic in midlife, clearly foreshadowing this decision in his books. His two earliest books were collections of poetry followed by brilliant studies of Browning, Dickens and RL Stevenson. The amiable detective-priest Father Brown, who brought Chesterton to a wider public first appeared in The Innocence of Father Brown and remains one of the best-known names in crime fiction. Chesterton was an ebullient character, with a figure of Johnsonian proportions, absent-minded but quick-witted. He will be remembered as one of the most colourful and provocative writers of his day.



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