Charles John Huffam Dickens (Portsmouth, England, February 7, 1812 - Gads Hill Place, England, June 9, 1870) was a famous English novelist, one of the best known in the literature,and the principal of the Victorian era. He was master of the narrative genre, which printed a certain dose of humor and irony, playing both an acute social criticism. In his work include descriptionsof people and places, both real and imagined. Sometimes used the pseudonym Boz.
Later critics such as George Gissing and G. K. Chesterton championed and cheered his mastery of the English languageas a unique, unforgettable character as, and largely its deep social conscience. However, it also received criticism of his best readers, George Henry Lewes, Henry James and Virginia Woolf amongthem-which blamed certain defects to their works, as effusive sentimentality, unrealistic characters and events grotescos.1
His novels and short stories enjoyed great popularity in the writer's life, andstill are published continuously. Dickens wrote serialized novels, the usual format in fiction at the time, for the simple reason that not everyone had the financial resources to buy a book, and eachnew installment of his stories was awaited with great enthusiasm for his readers, nationally and internationally. Dickens was and is revered as a hero by writers of literary worldwide.2
Dickensoften idealized characters and scenes using high sentimental touch in contrast with his caricatures and social truths that revealed terrible. The long death scene of Little Nell in Old antique shop (1841)was received as incredibly moving by the readers of his day, but was seen as ridiculously sentimental Oscar Wilde. In 1903 Chesterton said, about the same subject, "is not the death of Little Nell,but the life of the small, what I object to."
In Oliver Twist, Dickens provides readers with an idealized portrait of a young unrealistically good, whose values are never subverted by orphanages...
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