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Phases of Dickens; the man, his message, and his mission by John Cuming Walters

Phases of Dickens; the man, his message, and his mission by John Cuming Walters  (1912) PDF book

Phases of Dickens


These chapters consist of the main addresses that I have had the privilege of reading at meetings of the Dickens Fellowship in various parts of the country. This fact explains, and will, I hope, excuse if necessary, their somewhat rhetorical character, and a few unavoidable repetitions where the subjects overlap. In preparing the papers I had in view a series of illustrations of the scope and purpose of Dickens as novelist and essayist, and as a teacher with a moral gospel enforced as much in the story as in the set sermon.

Of what there is to say of Dickens little has by now been left unsaid, nor are his works in need of exposition, for his message, is explicit and unmistakable. But it cannot be wholly profitless to take a survey of his complete design and to show how, from the most elaborate of his novels to the shortest of his journalistic articles, he was consistently carrying out a great campaign.

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