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Book Title: No Thoroughfare: To which is added "The Late Miss Hollingford"|
The author of the book: Charles Dickens
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 756 KB
Edition: Adamant Media Corporation
Date of issue: November 30th 2005
ISBN 13: 9781402168987
Read full description of the books No Thoroughfare: To which is added "The Late Miss Hollingford":One of Charles Dickens’ lesser known works, written in cohesion with Wilkie Collins is a novella written in the form of a play, No Thoroughfare. Instantly the reader experiences the Dickens’ touch as the tale unfolds in The Overture. One of the main characters Walter Wilding mourns his mother’s death and makes plans to hire a housekeeper and treat his company employees as the family he always wanted but never quite had. He had been rescued from an orphanage by his mother after she had given him up for adoption years before. This forms the basis for an intricate plot that could only be conceived and executed in 19th Century English literature. Although I found Walter Wilding innocent, naïve, immature and occasionally out right foolish and even stupid, he serves as a catalyst in launching the bulk of the story. I enjoyed this book that contained sin, lies and intrigue that is seldom so masterly presented by 19th Century authors. I am surprised that the work is not better known as it is well worth both the time and effort to read it. I recommend it to both classical and modern prose lovers.
Read information about the authorCharles John Huffam Dickens (7 February 1812 – 9 June 1870) was an English writer and social critic. He created some of the world's best-known fictional characters and is regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era. His works enjoyed unprecedented popularity during his lifetime, and by the twentieth century critics and scholars had recognised him as a literary genius. His novels and short stories enjoy lasting popularity.
Born in Portsmouth, Dickens left school to work in a factory when his father was incarcerated in a debtors' prison. Despite his lack of formal education, he edited a weekly journal for 20 years, wrote 15 novels, five novellas, hundreds of short stories and non-fiction articles, lectured and performed extensively, was an indefatigable letter writer, and campaigned vigorously for children's rights, education, and other social reforms.
Dickens was regarded as the literary colossus of his age. His 1843 novella, A Christmas Carol, remains popular and continues to inspire adaptations in every artistic genre. Oliver Twist and Great Expectations are also frequently adapted, and, like many of his novels, evoke images of early Victorian London. His 1859 novel, A Tale of Two Cities, set in London and Paris, is his best-known work of historical fiction. Dickens's creative genius has been praised by fellow writers—from Leo Tolstoy to George Orwell and G. K. Chesterton—for its realism, comedy, prose style, unique characterisations, and social criticism. On the other hand, Oscar Wilde, Henry James, and Virginia Woolf complained of a lack of psychological depth, loose writing, and a vein of saccharine sentimentalism. The term Dickensian is used to describe something that is reminiscent of Dickens and his writings, such as poor social conditions or comically repulsive characters.
On 8 June 1870, Dickens suffered another stroke at his home after a full day's work on Edwin Drood. He never regained consciousness, and the next day, five years to the day after the Staplehurst rail crash, he died at Gad's Hill Place. Contrary to his wish to be buried at Rochester Cathedral "in an inexpensive, unostentatious, and strictly private manner," he was laid to rest in the Poets' Corner of Westminster Abbey. A printed epitaph circulated at the time of the funeral reads: "To the Memory of Charles Dickens (England's most popular author) who died at his residence, Higham, near Rochester, Kent, 9 June 1870, aged 58 years. He was a sympathiser with the poor, the suffering, and the oppressed; and by his death, one of England's greatest writers is lost to the world." His last words were: "On the ground", in response to his sister-in-law Georgina's request that he lie down.
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