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The Dickens Dictionary An A-Z of England's Greatest Novelist by John Sutherland
  

The Dickens Dictionary An A-Z of England's Greatest Novelist

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The Dickens Dictionary An A-Z of England's Greatest Novelist by John Sutherland

For fans new and old, an enjoyable tour through the world of Dickens in the hands of a master critic. Charles Dickens, the 'Great Inimitable', created a riotous fictional world that still lives and breathes for thousands of readers today. But how much do we really know about the dazzling imagination that brought all this into being? For the bicentenary of Dickens' birth, Victorian literature expert John Sutherland has created a gloriously wide-ranging alphabetical companion to Dickens' work, excavating the hidden links between his characters, themes, and preoccupations, and the minutiae of his endlessly inventive wordplay. Covering America, Bastards, Childhood, Christmas, Empire, Fog, Larks, London, Madness, Murder, Orphans, Pubs, Punishment, Smells, Spontaneous Combustion and Zoo to name but a few - John Sutherland gives us a uniquely personal guide to the great man's work. Excerpt: HANDS; Every Dickens novel has a master image. In Our Mutual Friend it is the river. In Bleak House it is the fog. In Little Dorrit, it is the prison. In Great Expectations it is the hand. We often know much more about the principals' hands in that novel than their faces. Who, when the name Magwitch is mentioned, does not think of those murderous 'large brown veinous hands'? Jaggers? One's nose twitches---scented soap (the lawyer, like Pontius Pilate, is forever washing his hands). Miss Havisham? Withered claws. So it goes on...

Reviews

'John Sutherland, sharpest and wittiest of literary commentators, turns his attention to the Inimitable, with lively results.'
Claire Tomalin, author of Charles Dickens: A Life

, on A Dickens Dictionary 'Sutherland, as always, wears his erudition lightly, and his love of the quirky and off-beat shines warmly through this enjoyable book, which often made me laugh aloud
Independent

'Sutherland, as always, wears his erudition lightly, and his love of the quirky and off-beat shines warmly through this enjoyable book, which often made me laugh aloud.'
Susan Elkin, Independent on Sunday

`Step forward John Sutherland, whose crackling little book is a surprise antidote to Dickens ennui.
Londonist

`Sutherland is clearly a man who knows his subject so well that he's able to play games with it. The result is a joyful dance of a book that even the most jaded Dickens reader will relish.
Londonist

`An imaginative and witty dictionary.
Telegraph

`[Sutherland] has written a witty and quirky Dickens Dictionary in handy bite-sized entries ... A delight.
Telegraph

About the Author

John Sutherland

John Sutherland is a father of three, who lives with his wife and children in south London. For the best part of twenty-five years, he has served as a Metropolitan Police Officer. He won the Baton of Honour as the outstanding recruit in his training school intake and rose through the ranks to become a highly respected senior officer. Over the course of his career, in which he has been awarded several commendations, he has worked in seven different London boroughs, in a variety of different ranks and roles, and he has also been posted to Scotland Yard on three separate occasions. His most recent operational job was as the Borough C ommander for Southwark. John can be found on Twitter and Wordpress as 'policecommander'. Blue is his first book.

Author photo © Zac Crawley

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Book Info

Publication date

1st February 2012

Author

John Sutherland

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Publisher

Icon Books Ltd

Format

Hardback
224 pages

Categories

Literary studies: c 1800 to c 1900
Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers
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ISBN

9781848313910

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