Victorian England and Charles Dickens
"Dickens has achieved a degree of popular and critical recognition rarely equaled in English letters. Almost all of his novels display, to varying degrees, his comic gift, his deep social concerns, and his extraordinary talent for creating vivid characters. Many of his creations, most notably Ebenezer Scrooge, have become familiar English literary stereotypes. And though he has sometimes been criticized for creating caricatures rather than characters, he has been defended as a master of imaginative vision, forging whole character types out of tiny eccentricities. A frequent early criticism that his works are "formless" is not accepted by most modern critics. Many now see Dickens's novels as vast and complex denunciations of the bourgeois society that corrupts its members."
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