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Violent Effigy By John Carey

Violent Effigy
by John Carey

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Waxworks, locks and living furniture are a few of the obsessions the author uncovers while investigating the strange poetry of Dickens' imagination. This book sees Dickens, not as a moralist or social commentator, but as an anarchic comic genius drawn to the sinister and grotesque.
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Violent Effigy: A Study of Dickens' Imagination by John Carey

Bottled babies, wooden legs, walking coffins, corpses, umbrellas, waxworks, locks and living furniture - these are a few of the obsessions the author uncovers while investigating the strange poetry of Dickens' imagination. This book sees Dickens as, essentially, not a moralist or social commentator but as an anarchic comic genius, who was drawn irresistibly to the sinister and grotesque - murderers, frauds and public executions. Separate chapters are devoted to Dickens' interest in violence, sex and children, as well as to his humour and his symbolism. "The Violent Effigy" includes essays on "Bleak House" and "Little Dorrit", which stress Dickens' imaginative generosity and virtuosity.

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About John Carey


John Carey is Merton Professor of English at Oxford University, a distinguished critic, reviewer and broadcaster, and the author of several books, including studies of Donne, Dickens and Thackeray, and most recently, Pure Pleasure: A Guide to the Twentieth Century's Most Enjoyable Books, described, by James Wood in the London Review of Books, as 'likeable, wise and often right . . . one feels an attractive sense of partisanship in Carey's writing, an alliance with the ordinary, the plain spoken, the unlettered, the sympathetic and the humane. Carey writes with an Orwellian attention to decency'. He is a regular critic on BBC2's Newsnight Review. He is also the editor of the best-selling anthologies The Faber Book of Reportage, The Faber Book of Science and The Faber Book of Utopias.

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GOR001429048
Violent Effigy: A Study of Dickens' Imagination by John Carey
John Carey
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Faber & Faber
1991-09-02
208
0571163777
9780571163779
N/A
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