Charles Dickens: A Literary Life


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This study of Dickens's career as a professional writer uses a range of material to describe and analyze the ways in which his work can be seen as a form of literary production. It thus offers a challenge to traditional accounts which stress the private nature of Dickens's genius. Smith focuses on the communal nature of Dickens's achievement in his struggles with publishers, the expectations of a vast public, and the demands of serialization.

Charles Dickens: A Literary Life 1996, Palgrave MacMillan, London

ISBN-13: 9780333557198

1996 edition

Trade paperback

Charles Dickens: A Literary Life 1996, St. Martin's Press, New York, NY

ISBN-13: 9780312129194