Praised by acclaimed biographer Claire Tomalin as ""young Dickens at his most playful,"" this delightful volume showcases two collections of little-known sketches by Dickens, charmingly illustrated by Phiz. Whimsical, satirical, witty and exuberant, the sketches ridicule the behavior of their subjects with perfect comic effect, offering fascinating evidence of a writer learning his craft and refining his style. In his Introduction, Dickens scholar Paul Schlicke discusses the popularity of the sketch mode, and the special qualities of these examples. This unique edition includes Edward Caswall'sSketches of Young Ladies, whose success prompted Dickens to write his own sketches.
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Oxford University Press, Incorporated
March 01, 2012
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