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Charles John Huffam Dickens

Post by dulcinea » Tue Aug 09, 2005 11:14 am

You know what Dickens and Shakespeare have in common, besides both being English? That their work can no longer be understood without the help of erudite commentators to explain and clarify both their ouevre and their period. Take OLIVER TWIST, for instance; the fact that this harsh satire of the laws and society of 1837 is now widely regarded as a children's book, not much different from ALICE IN WONDERLAND, shows unequivocally how poorly Dickens is understood today. So here is my question: is there an annotated edition of the works of Dickens, just as there are annotated editions of WS? Because if there is none, there definitely should be one--preferably one abundantly illustrated with stills from the many films and TV and stage productions that the creations of CD have inspired.
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Post by Ralph » Tue Aug 09, 2005 11:58 am

Have you ever read "Bleak House?" I've suggested it to my law students for decades (I wouldn't dare require it-I want to live to old age).
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Charles John Huffam Dickens

Post by dulcinea » Tue Aug 09, 2005 12:11 pm

:shock: Oh, yeah!--the story of Jarndyce vs Jarndyce should serve as a warning to all who engage in costly and useless litigation.
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Post by Corlyss_D » Tue Aug 09, 2005 5:08 pm

I refuse to read any writer that got paid by the word. Dickens is a huge waste of my time. I don't care how important, gifted, inspired, topical, or penetrating his prolix self is, I ain't gonna waste my time with him.
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