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Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton

Charles Dickens (1903)

by G. K. Chesterton

Other authors: Alexander Woollcott (Foreword)

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Hard to say if this highly readable book is more a study of Dickens or of the philosophy of G K. He portrays Dickens as an anarchic radical - claims Walter Scott as a Tory radical which is harder to swallow - and ignores his sometimes decideedly reactionary views.

He praises the broad comic novels of the early period which, to be personal, I find his Dickens' weakest. But he can be relied for some unexpected insights. Dickens the world-famous and wealthy middle-aged man stilll tended to see life through the eyes of the impoverished pre-adolescent who spent his lonely evenings wandering through the wondrous but frightful london streets.
  GeorgeBowling | Jun 13, 2009 |
G.K Chesterton is sui generis. When Chesterton is thru with you you may not be better looking, but you will be wiser. ( )
  Porius | Oct 8, 2008 |
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"There is no better critic of Dickens living than Mr Chesterton" - T S Eliot. "[Chesterton is] perhaps Dickens' best critic" - Peter Ackroyd. "Readers seeking a short introduction to the Inimitable should try G K Chesterton's "Dickens"" - John Carey.Chesterton is so good on Dickens because his wit is as sharp as that of the Great Inimitable himself: "Dickens was most accurate when he was most fantastic...He exaggerated when he had found a truth to exaggerate...In one sense truth alone can be exaggerated; nothing else can stand the strain." No one excels him at catching and conveying the sense of wonder that is Dickens, and his contagious enthusiasm will be sure to send the reader to the books with more alertness and keener appreciation.

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A critical study of Dickens, intended "as a general justification of that author, and of the whole of the gigantesque English humour of which he was the last and not the least gigantic survival."

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