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Dickens English Men of Letters   By: (1837-1924)

Dickens English Men of Letters by Adolphus William Ward

In "Dickens English Men of Letters" by Adolphus William Ward, readers are given a comprehensive exploration of the life and works of one of the most renowned authors in literary history. This concise biography delves into the multifaceted world of Charles Dickens, shedding light on his childhood, personal struggles, and literary achievements.

Ward skillfully navigates through the various stages of Dickens' life, offering readers a deeper understanding of the influences that shaped his writing. From his humble beginnings to his rise as a literary icon, the author expertly intertwines anecdotes and analyses, providing a rich tapestry of knowledge about not only Dickens himself but also the socio-political climate in which he lived.

One of the standout elements of this biography is the meticulous attention to detail. Ward delves into Dickens' personal relationships, his public image, and the artistic processes behind his most famous works. By examining the historical context in which Dickens wrote, Ward offers readers a well-rounded perspective on how the author's experiences translated into the narratives that have captivated generations.

Furthermore, Ward does an excellent job of dissecting Dickens' distinctive writing style. He dissects the author's ability to create vivid characters and intricate plotlines, showcasing the brilliance that lies within his literary craftsmanship. By incorporating numerous quotations and excerpts from Dickens' novels and letters, Ward manages to engage readers on a more intimate level, giving us a taste of Dickens' own voice and personality.

However, some readers may find the level of detail overwhelming at times. While the depth of analysis provides valuable insights into Dickens' life, it occasionally slows the pacing of the narrative. Additionally, some may argue that Ward's style lacks a personal touch, as the majority of the book feels more like an academic exploration rather than an emotive portrayal.

Nevertheless, "Dickens English Men of Letters" remains an indispensable resource for both Dickens enthusiasts and those seeking a comprehensive introduction to his life and works. Ward's expertise shines through as he navigates the vast literary landscape that Dickens has left behind. This biography stands as a testament to the enduring legacy of one of England's greatest authors and the immeasurable impact he has had on the world of literature.

Overall, Adolphus William Ward's "Dickens English Men of Letters" serves as an insightful and enlightening biography that seeks to capture the essence of Charles Dickens. Ward's meticulous research and thoughtful analysis provide readers with a deeper appreciation for Dickens' literary genius, leaving an indelible impression on any lover of literature.

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English Men of Letters

EDITED BY JOHN MORLEY

DICKENS

BY ADOLPHUS WILLIAM WARD

NEW YORK HARPER & BROTHERS, PUBLISHERS FRANKLIN SQUARE

ENGLISH MEN OF LETTERS.

EDITED BY JOHN MORLEY.

JOHNSON Leslie Stephen. GIBBON J. C. Morison. SCOTT R. H. Hutton. SHELLEY J. A. Symonds. HUME T. H. Huxley. GOLDSMITH William Black. DEFOE William Minto. BURNS J. C. Shairp. SPENSER R. W. Church. THACKERAY Anthony Trollope. BURKE John Morley. MILTON Mark Pattison. HAWTHORNE Henry James, Jr. SOUTHEY E. Dowden. CHAUCER A. W. Ward. BUNYAN J. A. Froude. COWPER Goldwin Smith. POPE Leslie Stephen. BYRON John Nichol. LOCKE Thomas Fowler. WORDSWORTH F. Myers. DRYDEN G. Saintsbury. LANDOR Sidney Colvin. DE QUINCEY David Masson. LAMB Alfred Ainger. BENTLEY R. C. Jebb. DICKENS A. W. Ward... Continue reading book >>




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