Tuesday, February 07, 2012

The Dickens Dictionary

The Dickens Dictionary
John Sutherland, Icon Books 2012

To celebrate the bicentenary of the birth of Dickens in 2012, Victorian literature expert John Sutherland has created a gloriously wide-ranging alphabetical companion to Dickens’s novels, excavating the hidden links between his characters, themes, and preoccupations, and the minutiae of his endlessly inventive wordplay.
Covering Baby Farming, Bastards, Cannibalism, Christmas, Darwin, Fog, Gruel, London, Micawberomics, Murder, Pubs, Punishment, Smells, Spontaneous Combustion and Zoo Horrors, to name but a few, Sutherland gives us a uniquely personal guide to the greatest novelist England has ever produced.

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