CHARLES DICKENS' BEST STORIES by Morton Dauwen- Ed. Zabel

CHARLES DICKENS' BEST STORIES

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Those of us brought up in the Dickens' tradition, even those of us who consider ourselves thoroughly based in a wide knowledge of Dickens' writings, will find in this collection much that is unfamiliar, though all indubitably bearing the Dickens' trademark. The Christmas stories, the Sketches from Boz, some of the ghost stories are included in the average Collected Works. But here the editor has drawn on a vast output of a long life devoted to writing, and has made admirable selection of the best of the sketches, stories, journalistic pieces -- thirty or more. A brief introduction presents his thesis:- that Dickens' novels derived closely from his journalistic contributions; that these writings bear witness to his close affinity to his great European counterparts and contemporaries; that his stories form, in their entirety, an inventory of his larger works; that they offer many moments of charm and significance to those who want to experience the genius of Dickens.

Pub Date: Nov. 19th, 1959
Publisher: Doubleday