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Dickens and Crime

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Philip Collins
    Pages 1-26
  3. Philip Collins
    Pages 27-51
  4. Philip Collins
    Pages 94-116
  5. Philip Collins
    Pages 140-163
  6. Philip Collins
    Pages 164-173
  7. Philip Collins
    Pages 174-195
  8. Philip Collins
    Pages 196-219
  9. Philip Collins
    Pages 220-255
  10. Philip Collins
    Pages 256-289
  11. Philip Collins
    Pages 290-319
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 320-371

About this book


'One of the best social commentators on Dickens...models of historical scholarship.'- Gertrude Himmelfarb, Distinguished Professor of History, City University of New York. This classic of Dickens criticism, now in its third edition, provides a fascinating insight into Dickens's thinking and writing on crime. Extraordinary in character, as well as literary skill, he displayed a shrewd insight into the criminal character, whilst demanding tough penalties for those who broke the law. At one stage attracted to a career as a metropolitan magistrate, Dickens turned instead to fiction and discovered there an outlet for his enduring fascination with the darker side of human nature. Thieves, cheats and murderers people the pages of his novels, few of which are without some serious crime. But the treatment of crime for Dickens was far more than an authorial device: it was a focal point for his deep concern with social problems and played a vital role in his attempt to understand these ills. Dickens and Crime continues to be one of the most significant and illuminating studies into Dickens's creative imagination, and its reappearance in print will be warmly welcomed by scholars and general readers alike.


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