The Dickens Myth
Its Genesis and Structure
by Geoffrey Thurley
University of Queensland Press, 1976, hardcover, dustjacket, ISBN 0702211443
Fine Condition, mild rubbing to corners, edge wear to dustjacket
'Chapter by Chapter Dr. Thurley reassesses the novels of Charles Dickens and describes the real nature of his development as an artist. Thurley argues that Dickens is supreme among nineteenth century novelists by virtue of the power and intensity of his imagination and of his ability to transmit the real pressures of his time through the symbols of art. With its rich verbal harmonies, its natural symbolic force, its organic structuring, and its insistence on total imaginative relevance, Dicken's work is in many respects superior to the psychological realism of Tolstoy and George Eliot.'