By David Paroissien
A spouse to Charles Dickens concentrates at the ancient, ideological, and social forces that outlined Dickens’s global.
- Puts Dickens’s paintings into its literary, historic, and social contexts
- Traces the advance of Dickens’s profession as a journalist and novelist
- Includes unique essays via top Dickensian students on each one of Dickens’s fifteen novels
- Explores a huge variety of issues, together with criticisms of his novels, using heritage and legislations in his fiction, language, and the influence of political and social reform
- Examines Dickens's legacy and surveys the mass of secondary fabrics that has been generated in reaction and reverence to his writing
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Freud cuts a figure through this criticism, but the procedure may be simplified by the recognition that Freud was a reader of Dickens. The terminology of psychoanalysis which derives from the Freudian tradition follows the novelist’s work rather than interrogating it. John Forster is the pre-Freudian commentator who begins to enquire “In what way those strange experiences of his boyhood affected him afterwards,” with reference to “the narrative of his life” (bk. 1, ch. ” How that acute but imperfect analysis operated in Dickens’s oeuvre now becomes the question.
In April 1869, he became seriously ill and the remainder of his tour was canceled, having completed 74 performances out of a planned 100. Forced to rest from the readings, his mind turned once more to a new novel, and the writing of The Mystery of Edwin Drood was begun six months later, publication of the first number appearing on March 31, 1870. The readings, he decided, had to be given up altogether, but like any good showman he squeezed in 12 farewell performances, treading the London boards from January to March 1870.
They made no attempt whatever to hide it, and certainly cried more than the women. (Letters 8: 643) Through the 1860s, Dickens rode the crest of a wave of popularity: thousands flocked to his readings, the various editions of his books sold in huge numbers, and the periodicals he owned and edited were a great success. But the stress of too much work, too much traveling, too many demands on him, too many problems, all put deep lines on his face and a strain on his body. In 1865, returning from Boulogne, accompanied by Ellen Ternan and her mother, the train in which they traveled careered off a bridge at Staplehurst in Kent where workman were repairing the track.
A Companion to Charles Dickens by David Paroissien