The Dickens World Revisited

  • K. J. Fielding


I have often used this title for various versions of a lecture, which I now want to recast. The original version arose with two ideas or questions in mind. One was to present and re-examine some lost articles which Dickens wrote for the Examiner which Alec W. C. Brice and I discovered some time ago. John Forster, in his Life of Dickens, had obliquely referred to them; his editor J. W. T. Ley had pronounced that they were entirely irrecoverable; and then we did recover them — anonymously buried in annual volumes of 600 pages or so of double-column and small print. It was possible to draw on them confident that quotation from Dickens could be used to provide a strong script.1


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  1. by Alex W. C. Brice, Dickensian (hereafter D), 63 (1967) 5–14;Google Scholar
  2. by Fielding and Brice, jointly, ‘Charles Dickens and the Tooting Disaster’, Victorian Studies, XII (1968) 227–44;Google Scholar
  3. Fielding and Brice, ‘Charles Dickens and the Exclusion of Evidence’, I & II, D, 64 (1968) 131–40, and 65 (1969) 34–41;Google Scholar
  4. Fielding and Brice, ‘Bleak House and the Graveyard’, in Dickens the Craftsman: Strategies of Presentation, ed. Robert B. Partlow Jr (Carbondale, Ill.: Southern Illinois University Press, 1970) pp. 115–39.Google Scholar
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    Humphry House, The Dickens World (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1941) p. 224.Google Scholar
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    John Suddaby, ‘The Crossing Sweeper in Bleak House: Dickens and the Original Jo’, D, 8 (1912) 246–50Google Scholar
  7. (thanks to Dr Michael Slater who pointed it out), and Household Narrative (March 1852) pp. 50 and 64.Google Scholar
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    House, ‘In the face of these facts it is clear that the immediate effect of Dickens’s work was negligible’; A. O. J. Cockshut, The Imagination of 10. Raymond Williams, ‘Social Criticism in Dickens: Some Problems of Method and Approach’, Critical Quarterly, 6 (1964) 214–27.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    Philip Collins, ‘The Middlesex Magistrate in David Copperfield’, Notes and Queries, 206 (1961) 86–91;Google Scholar
  10. K. J. Fielding and A. W. C. Brice, ‘A New Article by Dickens: “Demoralisation and Total Abstinence”’, Dickens Studies Annual, IX (1981) 1–19.Google Scholar

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