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Part of the Cambridge Library Collection - English Men of Letters Series
Published in the first series of English Men of Letters in 1882, this biography of Charles Dickens (1812-70) provides a short introduction to the life and works of the most popular author of the Victorian era. Sir Adolphus William Ward (1837-1924), a prominent scholar who taught at the newly founded the University of Manchester and became President of the British Academy, wrote on English literature from the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries, and translated Curtius' History of Greece. His work complements earlier biographies of the writer who styled himself as 'The Inimitable' and whose influence as a novelist, social commentator and social reformer cannot be overstated. The life is treated chronologically, and a final chapter discusses 'the future of Dickens' fame', concluding that although he has faults as a novelist, his place in the canon of English literature is secure.