Art and Society in the Victorian Novel: Essays on Dickens by Colin Gibson

By Colin Gibson

This selection of essays by way of demonstrated critics and students makes an attempt to provide explorations of clean points, private and non-private of the artwork of the most important Victorian novelists, in lots of situations supported by way of prolonged shut readings in their novels. There are 4 reviews of novels by way of Dickens, and reviews of novels through Charlotte Bronte, George Eliot, Thomas Hardy, Henry James, Trollope and Kipling also are supplied. Colin Gibson is writer of "The Interpretative energy" and he has written articles and essays on Renaissance drama and poetry and glossy poetry and hymnology.

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4 The Choir-master and the Single Buffer: an Essay on The Mystery of Edwin Drood W. W. ROBSON In the setting of the old cathedral town is placed the main character of The Mystery of Edwin Drood and the centre of the Mystery, John Jasper the choir-master. His part in the story has been a matter for controversy ever since Dickens died leaving the novel without its denouement. Jasper is a man with a secret life, his time divided between his duties in the cathedral and the opium den. 'Religion', said Karl Marx, 'is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the soul of soulless circumstance, the heart of a heartless world.

ROBSON In the setting of the old cathedral town is placed the main character of The Mystery of Edwin Drood and the centre of the Mystery, John Jasper the choir-master. His part in the story has been a matter for controversy ever since Dickens died leaving the novel without its denouement. Jasper is a man with a secret life, his time divided between his duties in the cathedral and the opium den. 'Religion', said Karl Marx, 'is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the soul of soulless circumstance, the heart of a heartless world.

The same sort of thing happens on Stephen's second visit: ' "Here's a gentleman from London present," Mr Bounderby said ... "I should like him to hear a short bit of dialogue between you and me" ' (u, ch. 5). 'Pray don't speak to me, nor yet take any notice of me', Mrs Pegler is made to say to Stephen and Rachael when she hears that Louisa has called (u, ch. 6). 'You can't get it out, ma'am ... leave me to 38 Art and Society in the Victorian Novel get it out', Bounderby says to Mrs Sparsit - thus preventing her from speaking- when they call (III, ch.

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