This is a very good gently used hardcover with dust jacket. Circa 1980's Hamlyn Publishing. This copy is very good inside and out. The pages are very clean and the binding is tight and straight. NOTE: the dust jacket is neatly price clipped bottom edge inside front flap AND there is a minor scuff on title page where store sticker removed. Otherwise the pages are crisp and clean. Green hardcover boards under jacket are also very good with only a hint of shelf wear. The dust jacket is still clean and shiny with only very light shelf wear to corners/edges. Larger imperial octavo book size or 8.5" x 11" with 140 pages including index.
The world of Charles Dickens was the world of 19th century England, full of extraordinary and shocking contrasts. Boys with bare feet swept snow away for ladies who thought it immodest to show an ankle. Men were hardworking, women modest and children innocent, but these were the values of the middle class, not the crammed and filthy slums. Dickens own life reflected these contrasts: it was a fascinating mixture of the respectable and the shady.
The author of this book is a specialist in Dickensian studies and traces the course of Dickens' life and writings from the heartwarming A Christmas Carol to the social indignation of Oliver Twist. The book is full of historical accounts, details, and enhanced with vintage photos and illustrations.
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