Friday, May 17, 2019


Criticism of Dickens

A.N. Wilson, The Victorians (New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2003), p. 28 (note omitted):
When Queen Victoria asked Lord Melbourne if he could recommend the newly published novel Oliver Twist (serialized 1837-8), which was attracting much fame, he replied that he did not want her to read it. 'It's all among workhouses and Coffin Makers and Pickpockets...I don't like these things; I wish to avoid them; I don't like them in reality, and therefore I don't wish to see them represented.'

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