Christmas Stories (The Oxford Illustrated Dickens)
'I really think I have done it ingeniously and with a very complicated interweaving of truth and fiction.' So wrote Dickens of David Copperfield (1850), the novel he called his 'favourite child'. Through his hero Dickens draws openly on his own life, as David Copperfield recalls his experiences... show more
'I really think I have done it ingeniously and with a very complicated interweaving of truth and fiction.' So wrote Dickens of David Copperfield (1850), the novel he called his 'favourite child'. Through his hero Dickens draws openly on his own life, as David Copperfield recalls his experiences from childhood to the discovery of his vocation as a successful novelist. Rosa Dartle, Dora, Steerforth and Uriah Heep are among the characters who focus the hero's sexual and emotional drives, and Mr Micawber, a portrait of Dickens's own father, evokes the mixture of love, nostalgia and guilt that, put together, make this Dickens's most quoted and best-loved novel.
Publish date: October 22nd 1987
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Pages no: 772
Edition language: English
Series: Christmas Books (#1)
Many years ago when I was just a youngster who was lost in the world and knew nothing, I turned on our very small grey-colored television set that was based in our living room, and saw the character of Ebenezer Scrooge for the very first time in a Muppet Movie. Back then, I didn't actually understan...
Christmas writings seem to often be drenched in nostalgia - even T.S. Eliot succumbed to it with The Cultivation of Christmas Trees. Dylan Thomas is another example. Dickens is no exception, with additional syrupy sentimentalism and overt Christian evangelism mixed with supernatural elements. Other ...
So this contains a lot of Dickens’ not-so-well-known shorter works, published in the Christmas numbers of his publications, All The Year Round (which he amusingly refers to in “Somebody’s Luggage”) and Household Words. The first four are kind of weird (see individual notes below). Just when the stor...
The Christmas Books, while not always being set during the festive season, each exemplify some aspect of the spirit of charity and "goodwill to all men" that Dickens felt so important in the celebration of Christ's birth, and which he did so much to forge into what is now seen as "a traditional Chri...
I genuinely liked the short essays/stories better than the novellas (including "A Christmas Carol") - although all of the stories show Dickens at his best, perhaps because he was most engaged and free to write however he pleased. The tales are more fantastical than his other writings and that free ...