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Speeches: Literary and Social   By: (1812-1870)

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Speeches: Literary and Social by Charles Dickens is an extraordinary compilation of powerful and thought-provoking speeches that delve into the key issues of the author's time. A renowned novelist, Dickens proves his versatility and eloquence as a public speaker through this collection of speeches.

One particular aspect that truly stands out in this book is Dickens' ability to seamlessly blend his literary prowess with his deep concern for social issues. He tackles a wide range of topics, such as poverty, child labor, women's rights, and education, each speech delivering a resounding call for societal change. What makes these speeches remarkable is Dickens' incredible ability to touch the hearts and minds of his audience, as he masterfully crafts his words to ignite empathy, anger, and a sense of moral duty.

Throughout the book, Dickens showcases his remarkable storytelling skills, infusing his speeches with vivid descriptions and compelling narratives. He effortlessly creates a connection between the listener and the individuals he discusses, immersing readers in the struggle and injustice faced by the most vulnerable members of society. Dickens' emotive language and passionate delivery beautifully convey his unwavering commitment to social justice, making his speeches truly captivating and deeply resonant.

Furthermore, Dickens' speeches are not merely rousing calls to action; they also provide insightful commentary on the power dynamics and flaws within society. By examining the root causes of societal issues, he urges his listeners to question the prevailing systems and ideologies that perpetuate inequality and suffering. Dickens firmly believes in the power of literature to expose the harsh realities surrounding us, and urges individuals to actively engage in creating a more just world.

One of the most compelling aspects of this book is that it showcases the development of Dickens as a public speaker over time. As readers progress through the speeches, they witness how his style matures and evolves, his arguments becoming more sophisticated and his messages more refined. This progression not only sheds light on Dickens' growth as a social commentator but also provides a valuable historical perspective on the changing social landscape of his era.

Speeches: Literary and Social is a comprehensive collection that offers immense value to readers who are passionate about social justice, literature, or both. While it may have been originally delivered during the nineteenth century, the issues Dickens tackles remain relevant even in modern times. This book serves as a reminder that literature has the power to provoke social change and that the voice of one individual can incite a collective movement.

In conclusion, Speeches: Literary and Social by Charles Dickens is an exceptional anthology that showcases the author's brilliance as both a writer and a speaker. With each speech, Dickens succeeds in connecting with his audience on a profound level, igniting empathy and inspiring action. This collection is a testament to his lasting impact and the enduring relevance of his messages. Anyone interested in exploring the intersection of literature and social justice will find this book both enlightening and deeply moving.

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[At a public dinner, given in honour of Mr. Dickens, and presided over by the late Professor Wilson, the Chairman having proposed his health in a long and eloquent speech, Mr. Dickens returned thanks as follows: ]

If I felt your warm and generous welcome less, I should be better able to thank you. If I could have listened as you have listened to the glowing language of your distinguished Chairman, and if I could have heard as you heard the "thoughts that breathe and words that burn," which he has uttered, it would have gone hard but I should have caught some portion of his enthusiasm, and kindled at his example. But every word which fell from his lips, and every demonstration of sympathy and approbation with which you received his eloquent expressions, renders me unable to respond to his kindness, and leaves me at last all heart and no lips, yearning to respond as I would do to your cordial greeting possessing, heaven knows, the will, and desiring only to find the way.

The way to your good opinion, favour, and support, has been to me very pleasing a path strewn with flowers and cheered with sunshine. I feel as if I stood amongst old friends, whom I had intimately known and highly valued... Continue reading book >>

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