The Dickens Dichotomy

Mitsu Matsuoka, Charles Dickens, Alan Shelston, Cover art for The Mystery of Edwin Drood Broadway play

On the Charles Dickens page of Mitsu Matsuoka’s site, I found this interesting article by  Alan Shelston:

Dickens has always presented problems for literary criticism. For theorists whose critical presuppositions emphasise intelligence, sensitivity and an author in complete control of his work the cruder aspects of his popular art have often proved an unsurmountable obstacle, while for the formulators of traditions his gigantic idiosyncrasies can never be made to conform.

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