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This book-collection file includes: Charles Dickens and Music by James Lightwood, Charles Dickens as a Reader by Charles Kent, Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G.K. Chesterton, The Inns and Taverns of Pickwick by B.W. Nats, The Law and Lawyers of Pickwick by Frank Lockwood, Life of Charles Dickens by Frank Marzials, Pickwickian Manners and Customs by Percy Fitzgerald, The Puzzle of Dickens's Last Plot by Andrew Lang, Ten Boys from Dickens by Kate Dickinson Sweetser, and Ten Girls from Dickens by Kate Dickinson Sweetser. According to Wikipedia: "Charles John Huffam Dickens, (7 February 1812 9 June 1870), pen-name "Boz", was one of the most popular English novelists of the Victorian era as well as a vigorous social campaigner. Critics George Gissing and G. K. Chesterton championed Dickens's mastery of prose, his endless invention of unique, clever personalities, and his powerful social sensibilities, but fellow writers such as George Henry Lewes, Henry James, and Virginia Woolf faulted his work for sentimentality, implausible occurrences, and grotesque characterizations. The popularity of Dickens's novels and short stories has meant that they have never gone out of print. Many of Dickens's novels first appeared in periodicals and magazines in serialized form—a popular format for fiction at the time—and, unlike many other authors who completed entire novels before serial production commenced, Dickens often composed his works in parts, in the order in which they were meant to appear. Such a practice lent his stories a particular rhythm, punctuated by one minor "cliffhanger" after another, to keep the (original) public looking forward to the next installment."

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