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Dickens' London   By: (1871-)

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In "Dickens' London" by Milburg F. Mansfield, readers are transported back to the bustling streets of 19th-century London, offering a vivid and immersive account of Charles Dickens' world. Mansfield takes us on a captivating journey, delving into the heart of the city that Dickens himself lovingly described in his novels.

One of the standout features of this book is Mansfield's impeccable research. It is evident that immense effort and dedication went into unearthing the historical details and facts that bring Dickens' London to life. Through meticulous descriptions, the author paints a vivid picture of the city's landmarks, neighborhoods, markets, and even its lower depths, ensuring readers experience both the glamour and the grit that characterized Dickensian London.

Moreover, Mansfield skillfully weaves in excerpts from Dickens' works, effortlessly integrating them into the narrative. This adds a layer of authenticity and immerses readers in the author's storytelling style, creating a seamless blend of history and literature. By drawing on Dickens' observations, Mansfield provides fascinating insights into the social issues that plagued Victorian London, such as poverty, child labor, and inequality, allowing readers to better understand the inspirations behind Dickens' iconic characters and storylines.

The book's visual elements are also worth mentioning. The inclusion of numerous photographs, illustrations, and maps enriches the reading experience, allowing readers to visualize the streets, buildings, and people who populated Dickens' London. The images serve as visual aids, particularly for those less familiar with the city's geography, enhancing the overall understanding and appreciation of the historical context.

Despite its many merits, "Dickens' London" may fall short in terms of organization. The book often jumps between different aspects of Dickens' life and works without a clear chronological or thematic structure. This can occasionally lead to a sense of disorientation, making it difficult to follow the progression of events or themes. Additionally, the text sometimes becomes overly detailed, delving into minor anecdotes that might have been better served as footnotes or as an appendix, potentially distracting readers from the main narrative.

Nevertheless, Mansfield's passion for both Dickens and London shines through in every page of this book. "Dickens' London" is a treasure trove of knowledge and insights into the life and times of one of English literature's greatest figures. For anyone with an interest in Dickens or Victorian London, this work offers an immersive journey back in time, allowing readers to walk alongside the characters and soak in the atmosphere of the era. Mansfield's deep understanding of Dickens' work, combined with his meticulous research, makes this book a valuable resource for both scholars and fans alike.

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UNIFORM VOLUMES

Dickens' London BY FRANCIS MILTOUN

Library 12mo, cloth, gilt top $2.00 The Same, 3/4 levant morocco 5.00

Milton's England BY LUCIA AMES MEAD

Library 12mo, cloth, gilt top 2.00 The Same, 3/4 levant morocco 5.00

Dumas' Paris BY FRANCIS MILTOUN

Library 12mo, cloth, gilt top net 1.60 postpaid 1.75 The Same, 3/4 levant morocco net 4.00 postpaid 4.15

L. C. PAGE & COMPANY New England Building Boston, Mass.

[Illustration: CHARLES DICKENS]

Dickens' London

By Francis Miltoun

Author of "Dumas' Paris," "Cathedrals of France," "Rambles in Normandy," "Castles and Chateaux of Old Touraine," etc.

Illustrated

L. C. PAGE & COMPANY BOSTON PUBLISHERS

Copyright, 1903 BY L. C. PAGE & COMPANY (INCORPORATED)

All rights reserved

Fourth Impression, April, 1908 Fifth Impression, April, 1910

COLONIAL PRESS Electrotyped and Printed by C. H. Simonds & Co. Boston, U. S. A.

All sublunary things of death partake! What alteration does a cent'ry make! Kings and Comedians all are mortal found, C├Žsar and Pinkethman are underground. What's not destroyed by time's devouring hand? Where's Troy, and where's the Maypole in the Strand? Pease, cabbages, and turnips once grew where Now stands New Bond Street and a newer square; Such piles of buildings now rise up and down, London itself seems going out of town... Continue reading book >>




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