Everyone in Dickens - Vol. 2

Everyone in Dickens - Vol. 2

Everyone in Dickens - Vol. 2

Everyone in Dickens - Vol. 2

Synopsis

An essential reference book that offers complete coverage of all the characters created by or mentioned in Charles Dickens' 435 known works.

Excerpt

1850 RP/ HW/ HWC/

Contributions to
Household Words, including Reprinted Pieces
The First Year: 1850

Cd conceived his weekly magazine Household Words in the winter of 1849. From its first number (March 30, 1850) until his death twenty years later, he never ceased working--and working very hard--as editor of a general interest periodical. His journalism and fiction writing overlapped, interplayed and were mutually stimulative. Neither can be fully understood without the other, and it is clear that several of his fictional characters were modelled on or inspired by actual people he encountered and first described in his nonfiction.

We group together, year by year, three categories of contributions, identified by prefix: the Reprinted Pieces (RP) selected by cd himself for inclusion in the 1857 Library Edition of his works (numbered in the order in which he arranged them); the "uncollected pieces" (HW), largely assembled and first published in 1908 by B. W. Matz based on his examination of the periodical's "Contributors' Book"; and the pieces on which cd collaborated (HWC), as presented by Harry Stone in hs. Within these groups, a few anomalies of classification have been corrected, as indicated in introductory matter.

It would be a mistake to look at CD's journalism only to gain insight into the springs of his fiction. It stands very well on its own. Here is Harry Stone:

"We see with fresh penetration the factories, schools, and slums, the obsessions, anxieties, and aspirations of a rich and various age--the age that is father to our own--and we see all this through the eyes of its greatest writer. We see also--and this, unaccountably, has gone almost without notice or comment--that Dickens is a superb essayist, entitled by virtue of these and his formerly collected essays to rank with the great English practitioners of that form. His range and versatility are extraordinary. He writes memorably on politics, education, and the theatre; on manufacturing, crime, and everyday life. He can persuade, exhort, and satirize; he can be meditative or polemical, angry or humorous. He can strike a public pose or make a personal confession. Though he sometimes plods, sometimes strains, and sometimes becomes too shrill, he usually has the words and the voice and the vision to make us listen and remember." hs p68 . . .

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