Charles Dickens, Social Reformer; the Social Teachings of England's Great Novelist (1913)
I AM too old a journalist to pretend to be unconscious of the fact that this book will prove a temptation to those into whose hands it will fall for review. Ten years ago I should have gloried in the opportunities it affords for mordant satire and biting criticism. I should myself have described it as a notable example of the art of book-making by excerpts, and I should have riddled the length and frequency of the quotations. It is only fair, then, to my erstwhile confreres of the Press to say quite frankly that the number and voluminous nature of the quotations herein are part of my mature and studied plan. I started out not to interpret Dickens, but to present him as his own interpreter. Buried in his multitude of novels, drifting through his ephemeral articles for daily and weekly newspapers are teachings political and social which I found possessed an appropriateness and a significance for even present times. I have sought not to make a book by collecting the teachings indiscriminately...
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- 21 Oct 2010
- Morrisville, NC, United States