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Sketches of Young Gentlemen   By: (1812-1870)

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Sketches of Young Gentlemen by Charles Dickens is an extraordinary collection of satirical sketches that masterfully explores the eccentricities of the young gentlemen living in nineteenth-century England. With his characteristic wit and sharp observation, Dickens invites readers into a world filled with peculiar characters and absurd situations.

One of the most commendable aspects of this book is Dickens' keen eye for detail, which is evident in his descriptive prose. Every sketch comes alive through vivid descriptions that paint a clear picture of the characters, their attire, and their surroundings. This attention to detail not only adds richness to the narrative but also creates a sense of realism that transports readers back in time.

In addition to the engaging writing style, the book offers a scathing critique of the social pretensions and conventions of the period. Through his characters, Dickens exposes the shallowness and vanity that often accompany the upper classes. He cleverly dissects their behaviors, manners, and idiosyncrasies, revealing the hypocrisy and absurdity that lie beneath their polished veneers.

Furthermore, Dickens' satirical tone adds a layer of humor to the stories, making the book an enjoyable and entertaining read. His sharp wit and biting sarcasm infuse the sketches with a delightful sense of irreverence, often leaving the reader chuckling at the ludicrous situations the young gentlemen find themselves in.

While the book primarily focuses on the idiosyncrasies of the young gentlemen, Dickens also delves into the lives and aspirations of their female counterparts. Through the female characters in the sketches, he subtly comments on the limited roles and expectations imposed on women in society, effectively highlighting the injustices they endure.

Sketches of Young Gentlemen showcases Dickens' early talent for characterization and social commentary, ultimately laying the groundwork for his later masterpieces. The sketches offer a window into the society of his time, allowing readers to gain a deeper understanding of the customs and attitudes prevalent during the era.

In conclusion, Charles Dickens' Sketches of Young Gentlemen is a brilliant collection that flawlessly combines humor, astute observation, and biting satire. Through his unforgettable characters and incisive commentary, Dickens successfully exposes the follies of his society, while providing readers with an entertaining and thought-provoking experience. This book is a testament to Dickens' genius as a writer and a must-read for anyone seeking an insightful glimpse into the social complexities of nineteenth-century England.

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SKETCHES OF YOUNG GENTLEMEN

TO THE YOUNG LADIES OF THE UNITED KINGDOM OF GREAT BRITAIN AND IRELAND; ALSO THE YOUNG LADIES OF THE PRINCIPALITY OF WALES, AND LIKEWISE THE YOUNG LADIES RESIDENT IN THE ISLES OF GUERNSEY, JERSEY, ALDERNEY, AND SARK, THE HUMBLE DEDICATION OF THEIR DEVOTED ADMIRER,

SHEWETH,

THAT your Dedicator has perused, with feelings of virtuous indignation, a work purporting to be 'Sketches of Young Ladies;' written by Quiz, illustrated by Phiz, and published in one volume, square twelvemo.

THAT after an attentive and vigilant perusal of the said work, your Dedicator is humbly of opinion that so many libels, upon your Honourable sex, were never contained in any previously published work, in twelvemo or any other mo.

THAT in the title page and preface to the said work, your Honourable sex are described and classified as animals; and although your Dedicator is not at present prepared to deny that you ARE animals, still he humbly submits that it is not polite to call you so.

THAT in the aforesaid preface, your Honourable sex are also described as Troglodites, which, being a hard word, may, for aught your Honourable sex or your Dedicator can say to the contrary, be an injurious and disrespectful appellation.

THAT the author of the said work applied himself to his task in malice prepense and with wickedness aforethought; a fact which, your Dedicator contends, is sufficiently demonstrated, by his assuming the name of Quiz, which, your Dedicator submits, denotes a foregone conclusion, and implies an intention of quizzing... Continue reading book >>




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