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Their relation to the reading public was nearer to that of the twentieth-century
novelist than to the early Victorians. The difference may be indicated easily
enough. “It was part of the felicity of the fifties to possess a literature which was at
So that very early in Dickens criticism, at any rate from the time of Bagehot's
essay, the later, darker manifestations of Dickens's genius began to be deplored.
Chesterton regretted them, and Hesketh Pearson, in his popular biography, goes
simple euphemism for rubbish: “One of the main jobs of a dust-collector in Early
Victorian London was to collect the contents of the privies and the piles of mixed
dung and ashes which were made in the poorer streets; and the term 'dust' was ...
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THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY
THE FIRST GENERA
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